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ol. XCII 

January 3, 1970 

No. 1 

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Editor of Publications Rev. Spencer GenitQe 

Board of Editorial Consultants 

Woman's Missionary Society 

Mrs. Charlene Rowser 
National Laymen's Organization 

Mr. Floyd Benshoff 

Missionary Board Mrs. Marion M. Mellinger 

Sisterhood Miss Kathy Miller 

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Youth Commission Misis BevePly Summy 

Adult Commission Rev. Fred Burkey 

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In This Issue: 

Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial: "A New Year" 3 

"Beyond Our Own" 

by Rev. W. Clayton Berkshire 4 

"First Sanctioned Crusade Hits Front Pages— 
Malta Rocked by Evangelists" S 

The Missionary Board 9 

"Building a 'Foretaste of heaven' — 

'Mr. Confusion' Aggrandizes" 14 

Central District Leadership Seminar Report . . 15 
"A Personal Testimony" 

by Paul Conant 17 

The Board of Christian Education 18 

Sisterhood 21 

News from the Brethren 22 

World Religious News in Review 23 

"The Parable of the Big Game" 
by Rev. Joseph Hanna 25 



TN THE early-moniing hours of Fric 
December 26, fire destroyed the E- 
Dormitoi-y and adjoining house trailer wl 
was the home of the Doran Hostetler fan: 
The fire, of undeteiinined origin, began in 
kitchen ai'ea of the trailer and quickly spi 
into the coimecting Boys DoiTn. The buildi 
with all their contents were totally destro;i 
We thank God that all occupants were a" 
at the time, so there was no loss of lif< 

Fire leaves an aftennath of utter devai 
tion but our Lord can bring good out of 
circumstance. First priority will be givei 
completion of the Faculty Residence, in oi 
to provide living quai'ters for Doran 
Nancy Hostetler and the eleven boys wl 
homes were destroyed. Used clothing so j 
erously given by our Brethren people fort 
Lost Creek and Kryi^ton will be drawn o: 
provide replacements for these necessr 
which were lost. 

Later, the Missionai'y Board will put 
a list of remaining needs, to coordinate 
appeal and avoid duplications. Following 
come plans for re-building the Boys Do: 
tory and the financing of this project. ( 
tributions for aid both now and later sh- 
be sent to the Missionary Board of 
Brethren Church, .^30 College Avenue, i 
land, Ohio 4480.'5, with the remittance 
marked "Lost Creek Fire Fund." 

"Humor Is Where You Find It" 

by Roy Wolfe ,2 

"For Hew the Bell Tolled" 3 

The Brethren Layman 

luary 3, 1970 

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f{ Ylew Tear 

Y 7E HAVE embarked upon a new year. No 
fV doubt many of us have made many resolu- 
ons for the coming year, knowing very well that 
any of them will be bi-oken before the month of 
muaiy comes to an end. This is nonnal ! 

We Christians need to review the past year as 
e have lived it and seek to do better in the pres- 
it year. For instance, no doubt all of us have 
liled to witness to the saving grace of our God 
3 we should have. We need to be more diligent 
I this respect during this yeai\ 

We need to be more faithful in our attendance 
lid work in our churches. 

We pastors need to be more patient and kind 
) the members of our churches even though they 
o not always agree with the program we would 
ke to put into operation. 

We laymen need to be more patient and kind to 
ur pastors as they try desperately to present a 

program that will give the church meaning and 
growth. We need to be able to listen and "ti-y." 

We need to be less critical of the work of others ! 
Too often we criticize what others ai'e doing yet 
never take the time to consider the problems 
which the other one might have in getting the 
work done he is doing. Many times if we, our- 
selves, would do our own work well, we would not 
have time to criticize others. 

We need to live a life of prayer and de\'otion, 
always seeking the center of God's will in our lives, 
seeking to do his work and not ours. 

We need to keep looking for His coming! This 
new decade just might bring this great event ! 

We need to search His Word as a basis for our 

We need to rediscover love in our lieai-ts and 

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Ohio Conference of the Brethren 
Church is meeting in one of the most 
critical periods in the history of the world. 
All around us is the evidence of social 
revolution. Old things — institutions, con- 
cepts, and procedures — are being chal- 
lenged by the sophisticated and the un- 
sophisticated elements of society. Both 
dull minds and keen minds are examining 
the accepted patterns of the past and ai'e 
denouncing with equal determination and 
vigor what their limited and unlimited 
abilities dictate. A display of strength 
and weakness, characterized by determin- 
ation and dedication, is manifested in a 
variety of ways — riots, strikes, sit-in, 
vandelism, and many other forms of pro- 
test. The ferment of society continues in 
its intensity touching life at the point of 
its daily ministrations and yet, in some 
respects, the "business as usual" attitude 
prevaUs, paying only token heed to what 
is happening. To allude to an old cliche, 
we are both calmly and nervously "fiddl- 
ing while Rome burns." Ears are deaf to 
the human cry of need and misery. Hearts 
are untouched by in-justices, inequalities, 
and discrimination inflicted upon others. 
The white man's foot is upon the neck 
of the black man as it has been for two 
hundred and fifty years. The black man 
struggles for freedom with confidence 
that he shall overcome even if it takes 
revolution and the giving of his own life. 

This is the picture of our world today. 
It is a distinctly new era, yet much of 
the evangelical church does not give 
evidence of a social sensitivity nor a con- 
cern for the inequities and injustices of 
our time. It must be said, however, that 
there is a "blowing in the wind," a stirring 
within the evangelical camp, bringing 
about some changed sentiment. It is most 
certainly the time for the church to take 
a sharp look at itself and to be critical 
of its own lack of social conscience. 
Beyond Our Own 

We need to think beyond our own 
selves in taking such a critical look — 
beyond our own selfish selves. Most of 
us here have had the good fortune to be 
bom well — under good circumstances. We 
live that way, too. This good Ufe some- 
how has a tendency to accumulation. It 
gets caught up in itself; loses sight of 
others — their existence — their plight. It 
loses the sound of others. It hears only 
the sound of music — of the crickets, the 
katydids, the frogs, the whippoorwills — 
which surrounds the comfortable subur- 
ban neighborhoods. The cries of misery 
and want from the ghettos of the unfor- 
tunate within the city are so often stifled 
by the pleasures and joys of exclusive 





Moderator's Address 
Ohio District Conference — 1969 

Iiuary 3, 1970 

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ng. Much of our Christianity is ex- 
sive, too. It is geared to intake but not 
output. It seetcs its own l<ind. It seeks 
own will. It seeks things for its own 
i, and thus accumulates, but becomes 
eservoir, stagnant and murky, with no 

n this kind of self-containment Dr. 
-nuel Moffett in World Vision Magazine, 
le, 1967, suggests that the church has 
netimes chosen survival in preference 
witness, "but what survived was no 
,ger a whole church." He further sug- 
its that the search for purity may 
;tify separation, in part, but because 
)aration "faces inward and not out- 
id, it leads to negativism, withdrawal, 
d self-righteousness." A lack of mean- 
jful contact with the non-Christian 
■rid, or at least meaningful to only one 
le, will be the result. "The Christian 
10 is wiUing to meet the world only on 
5 own terms, who feels no need to under- 
md any position but his own, is still in 
; Christian ghetto and living to him- 
If," says Dr. Moffett. We have to mingle 
know what is being felt, feared, and 
stered. We have to listen to detect the 
y of a world in pain, in misery, and in 

iyond Our Own 

We need to go beyond our own poor 
ncept of the total earthly ministry and 
anhood of Jesus. We need to rise above 
e plateau of service and action in the 
ea of human need where we seem to 
ive stopped. We have emphasized the 
imax of the ministry of our Lord — the 
ucifixion, the Resurrection, and rightly 
i; but we have sadly neglected the 
irlier part of His ministi-y which displays 
is compassion cind love for the physical 
an wherever He found him and in what- 
rer condition He found him. We have 
so neglected to apply many of the 
lachings of Jesus which have a universal 
pplication. We have failed to obey the 
)mmandments of our Lord Jesus as re- 
>rded in the Gospels. Brethren and evan- 
elicals in general have been guilty at 
lese points. 

The crisis of spiritual need around the 
'orld must be met with the message of 
ersonal salvation through Jesus Christ, 
le Savior, but as the crisis of human 
eed becomes more acute each day, Chris- 
lans must respond with love and com- 
assion to this also. It is not optional nor 
5 it unimportant. The times and circum- 
tances demand that we take a critical 
3ok at ourselves and the church. We 
iiust ask the question, "Do we really love 
he Word?" And more critically, "Do we 
ove part of the Word or all of it?" 

I am aware that I am treading upon 
dangerous ground and tramping upon 
sensitive evangelical toes when I speak 
of Christian responsibility for human and 
social concern. I gather from history that 
others have come close to being "burned 
at the stake," at least scorched a bit, for 
speaking in a related fashion. But what 
does it matter? Jesus was not concerned 
about being tagged with a label by those 
who disagreed with Him. He was able to 
say, "I do always those things which 
please the Father." None of us humans 
can come near to such a claim, but we 
must have the courage to say what the 
Spirit of God prompts us to say. 

A personal testimony at this point may 
help someone else who may be struggling 
with the matter of human, social need as 
he witnesses and ministers today. For 
several years there has been a struggle 
within my own soul. As I traveled to and 
inside Argentina, and to and in Nigeria, 
Africa, there was a growing concern for 
people, unfortunate, sick, without the basic 
things necessary for a simple existence. 
We are doing very little or nothing for 
them; so, with my Christian background 
in the Brethren Church I would say to 
myself, "These people don't know any 
better; this isn't our business, for our 
task is only to save their souls." Or at 
other times I would say, "This is another 
part of the world and another culture and 
you are not accustomed to seeing things 
as these people do." Often I thought that 
I was being too subjective and too emo- 
tional but could not dismiss the idea 
totally because the thought kept persisting 
— "This may be God speaking to The 
Brethren Church through you." 

My ministry in the city of Dayton, fol- 
lowing my years of experience with the 
Missionary Board, continued to be 
"plagued" with the same concern. There 
were so many people in the cities and in 
some parts of the U. S. A. with so many 
human needs; so, the search continued, 
reading and praying, seeking for the 
truth, the will of God as He would reveal 
it to me. Consequently, I find myself 
constrained to speak and press this point 
in this Ohio Conference. 

Going back to the questions asked 
eai-lier, let me rephrase a bit and ask, 
"Do Brethren and evangelicals love the 
portions of the Gospels which deal with 
the ministry of our Lord in which He 
displays in actions His love and compas- 
sion for individuals and the multitudes?" 
If so, why do they not follow the teach- 
ings, commands, and the example set by 
the Lord Jesus? I think that many of 
them may be brainwashed. They read 

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their favorite Bible commentaries and say 
"that is good enough for me." Or perhaps 
they are afraid of the truth. Or perhaps 
this does not fit into their system of 
theology. They believe in Jesus as God 
in the flesh, but seem to play down His 
humanity. What does this do to their 

If Jesus had taken the attitude in His 
ministry which many evangelicals take 
concerning it, and if He had followed 
what they have preached as New Testa- 
ment truth, He might have said to the 
sick, the lame, the blind, the needy on the 
way to Jerusalem, on the way to the 
Cross, "I haven't time for these social 
things; my business is to teach and preach 
because I am going to Jerusalem to give 
my life for the sins of mankind." But 
Jesus didn't avoid people and their needs 
even on His last journey to Jerusalem. 
He showed concern for the physical man. 
He recognized the facts of human nature. 
He saw men as human, physical beings. 
He knew them as Masefield the poet said 
— "Neither saints nor Philip Sidneys, but 
mortal men, with mortal kidneys." They 
were flesh and blood men. He knew their 
total needs. He saw them as people. It 
made no difference who they were. He 
responded the same. "It must be added 
that our Lord's primary interest was not 
the shoring up of a sagging social 
structure, but the ushering in of an al- 
together new order." 

All of what we have been talking about 
here was given a label some years ago. 
It was called the "Social Gospel." I be- 
lieve, however, that this is a misnomer, 
as one evangelical writer recently stated. 
The idea certainly is not new. It reaches 
back into the Old Testament. If we 
"knock it" we are reflecting upon the 
ministries and messages of men like 
Moses, Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, Micah, Jere- 
miah, James, and John the Baptist, all 
champions of social justice. St. Paul and 
St. Peter, likewise, expressed words of 
social concern and they, too, would be 
called into question. The early Church 
selected God-fearing men to administer 
properly to the physical welfare of both 
Greek and Hebrew widows. They had that 
kind of social concern. 

The American evangelists of the first 
half of the 19th century were strong in 
their passion for the welfare of humanity. 
Here is where the name "Social Gospel" 
had its beginning, says Dr. Timothy 
Smith of the University of Minnesota. It 
took its roots in evangelical revival and 
not in liberal theology, as generally 

If one has the concern of the welfare 
of society at heart, does this mean that 

he does not believe in the death of Christ 
for the personal salvation of man? That 
he must deny the Resurrection and the 
second coming of Christ, and other car- 
dinal tenets of the Christian faith? No! 
There does not need to be a denial of the 
faith "once delivered unto the saints" 
before one takes such a social position. 
We need to go beyond some of the sup- 
positions of the past. 

We must go beyond our present state 
of loving, beyond our present sense of 
love and compassion. Our love is limited 
and selfish. Ofttimes it is only for self 
and for the family. And yet, I am certain 
that within the family love could and 
should grow. Within the church there is 
love, but surely it does not exist as it 
should. Loving relationships are not al- 
ways present as one would hope. Pastor 
and people do not always have the kind 
of lo\e that contributes to an effective 
witness. Problems between the pastor and 
the congregation frequently are not met 
and resolved in a loving manner. As a 
result, both parties suffer and the cause 
of Christ is hindered. We need to go be- 
yond our ovvm kind of love to the kind 
of love that God displayed — He "so loved 
the world that He gave His only begotten 
Son." We must be open to this kind of 
love. We must want it and we must seek 
to cultivate it. We must ask God to supply 
us with a love for people because they 
are people — an agapao love, a Godly love. 
This is the kind of love that takes people 
for what they are; The brethren? Yes. 
The sinners? Yes. Jesus loved people 
because they were people, no angle in- 
volved. He didn't ask them first, "Where 
do you live? Do you love me? Do you 
speak Aramaic?" He just simply loved 

I am convinced that a real love for 
people is lacking today. "Ethel Barrett 
tells about the young missionary who 
wrote home to her parents: 'Everything is 
fine here — except the natives.' What a 
terrible admission to make. This person 
liked the country . . the work . . but not 
the people to whom she came to minister. 
We smile at her lack of logic . . and yet 
you'd be surprised how easy it is to fall 
into this kind of thinking. It is very pos- 
sible to become an efficiency expert . . 
a learned theologian . . and yet be a mis- 
erable misfit so far as loving and working 
with people is concerned." 

The Apostle John speaks plainly when 
he says, "If a man say, I love God, and 
hateth his brother, he is a liar, for he that 
lo\eth not his brother whom he hath seen, 
how can he love God whom he hath not 
seen?" (I John 4:20). What he says about 
loving a brother may be said about loving 

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eighbor. They may be one and the 
e, but at any rate the same principle 
lies to both. Jesus confirmed the fact 

we are to love our neighbors as our- 
es. The parable of the Good Samaritan 
ke 10:33 ff.> explains who our 
;hbors are, and at the end of it Jesus 
imands us to do for our neighbors 
it the Good Samaritan did for the man 
found in need. 

ome of our problems may be that our 
jhbors to us have no faces but are 
/ souls. To be sure their souls must 
won for Christ, but we must think of 
m as "lost people" as well as "lost 
Is." We need to put faces on these 
■Is. We need to realize that a soul is 
re than just a spiritual treasure — we 
d to realize that it lives in a frame of 
;h and blood. Shipmate Bob of The 
-)d Ship Grace in "The Log" tells about 
farmer who was approached by Chris- 
1 friends and neighbors once a year — 
en the annual church revival was in 
/gress. But he never accepted the in- 
ition to attend the revival meetings, 
last, one of the Christians asked him 
y. 'Well, to be honest with you,' the 
mer said, 'I might come if these people 
)wed any concern about me the other 
:y weeks of the year. All they seem 
be interested in is my soul, not me as 
jerson. . . .' " 

5ome of us are hearing a similar mes- 
;e from those in the dissident elements 
society today. They are looking for 
e and understanding. Will they find 
Will Christian people respond with 
) little, too late? History seems to show 
It our early Brethren people had a keen 
ise of love and compassion. Some of 
r older Brethren people have personally 
pressed this. In the pioneering days 
re in America they helped each other 
•ar the land and build. They helped each 
ler in times of sickness and distress, 
id this compassion and love did not 
pear to have been confined to their 
m "in group" but reached out unto their 
ighbors. Perhaps they were not too far 
moved from the early years of the 16th 
ntury to remember the promise made by 
e founding fathers in 1708 "eight per- 
ns consented together to enter into a 
venant of a good conscience with God, 
take up all the commandments of Jesus 
irist as an easy yoke, and thus follow 
e Lord Jesus, their good and faithful 
lepherd, in joy and sorrow, as his true 
leep, even unto a blessed end." Some- 
here we lost the trail, but we must find 
and show others the way. 

"Love ever gives — 

Forgives — outlives — 

And ever stands 

With open hand 

And while it lives, 

It gives. 

For this is love's perogative — 

To give — and give — and give." 

— John Oxenham 
Beyond Our Own 

There are large numbers of people who 
are caught up in today's movements. They 
are trapped. What wiU happen to them? 
We must move out beyond our own tra- 
ditional and conventional forms of minis- 
try to find the kinds of ministries which 
wiU speak to the needs of specific groups. 
This will require fle.xibility, imagination, 
ingenuity, but most of all the help and 
guidance of the Holy Spirit of God. 

Some of these approaches will not be 
possible within the walls of the church 
building or within any walled structure. 
They may have to be carried on out of 
doors in the parks, on the beaches, or 
wherever communication may be estab- 
lished. Brethren ought not wait until the 
time of harvest is past to find where and 
how and when to be specialists in the 
cause of Christ in a new and challenging 

Finally, we must find a way to go be- 
yond our own present means of com- 
municating and sharing our experiences, 
our failures, our successes, our discoveries 
as Christians striving to grow in the new 
life in Christ. Pastors must discover such 
means for themselves. Lay persons must 
be willing to strike out with openness and 
honest desire in small groups gathered in 
homes with an open-ended approach, pray- 
ing, studying, and sharing together. Once 
they begin, they must go beyond their 
own gathered groups to others, helping 
them to experience the joy and satisfac- 
tion found in this form of seeking. 

I am certain that there wiU be both 
reaction and response to what I have 
said here tonight. We are not unaccus- 
tomed to this kind of action today, and 
we are learning that it can be a means of 
a new awareness and a new approach to 
greater fulfillment. 

I have the following recommendations 
to make. Some of them cu:'e made on the 
background of my message tonight. 

1. That we memorialize General Con- 
ference to give attention to the matters 
of poverty, the race conflict, human 
rights, discrimination, injustice, and other 
related problems that affect the welfare 
of human individuals in the USA and 
other parts of the world in this time of 
social revolution; and that districts and 
local congregations be advised of legiti- 
mate ways in which they can deal with 
these matters. 

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2. That in our local congregation we 
talie a new look at the world in an effort 
of honesty, seeking to see it as God sees 
it; loving it as God loves it, and finding 
concrete ways to witness our love as salt 
and light, which we are meant to be; and 
that we expand our witness in our local 
communities to speak to the problems 
involving injustice, human rights, poverty, 
peace, discrimination, etc. to the glory 
of God. 

3. That representatives of our churches 
become affiliated actively with one non- 
Christian organization in their commun- 
ities — that is, one not specifically Chris- 
tian, not just to evangelize it but to under- 
stand it and to have a meaningful con- 
tact with the non-Christian world in order 
that the church may make a real and not 
a counterfeit approach to human and 
social needs. 

4. That we develop varied ministries of 
a people-to-people nature that will take 
place outside of our churches but in our 
communities dealing with persons caught 
up in drug movement, excessive use of 
alcohol, juvenile vandalism and crime, 
illegitimate sex, pre-marital pregnancy. 

etc. in an effort to minister to the whole 
man — his body, his spirit, and his soul — 
where we are, in the areas of our influ- 

5. That pastors and people of our 
churches cultivate a working relationship 
within their individual parishes based 
upon love for God and love for one 
another so that conflicts which may arise 
will be resolved through loving under- 
standing, thus avoiding the destruction 
of the local congregation by division and/ 
or making the pastor the scapegoat. 

6. That we encourage in our churches 
the formation of lay groups for study, 
personal sharing of experience, and 
prayer which would eventuate in a more 
vital relationship with Christ and in loving 
compassionate action confronting the 
acute problems of the day with regard 
to lost and needy liumanity. 

7. That the Ohio District establish a 
policy of commimicating to its churches 
early in the spring the major items of 
business to be acted upon by the District 
Conference in order that delegates repre- 
senting the local congregations may be 
advised how to vote upon specific items. 


First sanctioned crusade hits front pages 

TiE REFORMATION has come to the tiny island of 
Malta in the Mediterranean Sea. 

Just back from the island's first series of sanctioned 
evangelistic meetings is layman Robert T. Seelye who 
told EP News Service, "Everything we did was a sensa- 
tion, producing screaming headlines." 

The historic crusade began in 1963 when Seelye read 
a Time magazine article about political problems of the 
Roman Catholic Church and prayed for open doors to 
the Gospel among the 325,000 people traditionally 100 
p3r cent Catholic. 

Seelye contacted Ray Lentzsch of Operation Mobiliza- 
tion in Whittier, California, urging him to visit the 
island. Lentzsch did so several times but was treated 
rudely when his intentions were made known. Still, 
Lentzsch was convinced that if someone moved in with 
a certain amount of dash and boldness a good work 
could be commenced. 

In 1968 Robert Seelye found himself in Malta con- 
ducting meetings in a dingy hall where an average of 
35 people attended service in a two-week crusade. Forty- 
five people turned to Christ — ^22 Maltese, the rest British 
besides one American soldier. 

Seelye and team members of Operation Mobilization 
began placing ads in Maltese newspapers offering a 

Bible correspondence course. Inquirers were dire 
to write the layman at his USA address. Some 15( 
sponded. When a local post office box on Malta 
rented response greatly increased. 

The most recent meetings were the first evangel 
services ever to be sanctioned by the government in 
history of Malta. Held in a lounge of the island's 
hotel, they drew an average of 75 people and 25 n 
decisions to receive Christ. Banner newspaper h 
lines announced each activity as team members 
books and Bibles door to door, preached, or distrib 
Gospel literature. The work was tagged, "the sec 
the evangelists," and the subject of justification by f 
without works was hotly debated in the news colu 
of various papers. 

Bibles are now for sale openly in Malta. Nationals 
beginning to study the Scriptures for themselves, Se 
reports — "a first in that area." He adds: "There a 
number of red-hot born-again Maltese men ready 
preach at a moment's notice. We believe God has be 
a work that wUl be quite large in future years." S 
1,000 are enrolled in the Bible correspondence cours 
was Acts 28 all over again when "the . . . people she 
us no little kindness, for they kindled a fire and rece 
us every one, because of the . . . cold." 


luary 3, 1970 

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WHEN MORE than 900 delegates 
from all the Latin American 
countries as well as from the 
Hispanic-American communities 
in the United States gathered at the 
International Fairgrounds in Bogota, 
The Brethren Church was well 
represented at the Latin American 
Congress on Evangelization. The 
Brethren Church in Argentina sent 
Pastors Ricai-do Rivero of the Nunez 
Church and Tomas Mulder, Director 
of the Bible Institute of Eden, and 
John D. Rowsey represented the 
Brethren Church in the States. 

The delegates, chosen by national 
and/ or regional committees, came 
from the widest possible span of 
denominational and mission 
interests within a consei^vative 
theological framework. It was 
estimated that Latin Americans 
outnumbered North American 
missionaries about 5 to 1. Most of 
those missionaries who were there 
were probably chosen by their local 
and, or national committees on the 
basis of their acceptance as leaders 
in their pai'ticular counti'ies or their 
denominational representation. There 
was a total of 66 Argentine delegates 
in attendance. 

The U. S. Congress on Evangelism 
held earlier in the yeai" at 
Minneapolis, Minnesota, had been 
well attended by representatives of 
The Brethren Church, also. These 
area Congresses are the outgrowth of 
the Berlin Congress and are 
prayerfully expected to spark a great 
evangelistic outreach around the 

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The Latin American Congress on 

Evangelism, known by its Spanish 
initials, CLADE, was the first of its 
kind to be held in the southern 
hemisphere and suipassed the 
expectations of many mission leaders. 
For ten full days, November 21-30, 
the delegates re-assessed the 
evangelistic task under the theme 
"Christian Action for a Continent in 
Crisis." Reportedly it was the 
lai-gest gathering of Latin American 
evangelical leaders ever to get 
together for the purpose of shaiing 
their united concern for the 
evangelization of the continent. 

President of the Congress was 
Dr. Cai'los Lastra, a well-known 
Puerto Rican university professor, 
who served as Secretaiy of State 
in Puerto Rico under Governor 
Munoz Marin. Dr. Clyde W. Taylor, 
executive secretaiy of the Evangelical 
Foreign Missions Association, was 
Co-president and coordinators 
of CLADE were Efrain Santiago 
of Puerto Rico and Miguel Suazo of 
Guatemala. (Brethren will remember 
Dr. Clyde W. Taylor as Missionary 
Speaker at our General Conference, 
1965. Mr. Santiago was The Billy 
Graham Crusade Director for the 
Ponce and San Juan campaigns 
in Puerto Rico in 1967 in which 

foiTuer Brethren missionary Rob 
Byler participated as choir directo 

Perhaps the greatest innovatioi 
of the Congress is related to its vei 
location. In a countiy whose histoid' 
has been stained with violence it 
would have been virtually 
unthinkable a few yeai's ago to 
have held such a congress in 

On the first Sunday afteraoon, 
amidst toiTential showers, more 
than 9,000 believers mai'ched dovi 
the streets of the capital giving 
massive testimony of their faith 
in Jesus Christ to 'the city and in 
fact to the continent as a whole 
through the mass media. 

Each countiy was represented ' 
the spectacular" and colorful 
eight-block long pai'ade to the ma 
plaza by its flag and distinctive 
dress. Local Christians followed tl 
official delegates in a massive bod3 
with large placai-ds identifying 
each evangelical church and 
denominational group in Colombia 
The principal newspapers of Bogot 
even carried favorable front-page 
picture coverage of the historic evi 
and reported on the deliberations 
during the week. 

The Congress opened November ' 
in the spacious facilities of the 
International Faii'gi'ounds with an 
impressive and colorful inaugural 
sei-vice. More than 1,600 persons 
made up of more than 900 delegat 
from 25 countries together with a 
large number of Bogotanos listenei 
attentively as Dr. Clyde Taylor, 
Co-Chaimian of the Congress, 
introduced the members of the 
executive committee to the vast 

Tomas Mulder at the left with Ricaido Rivero's 
head showing, left of woman. John Rowsey was 
on Mulder's right and "off camera." 

A colorful procession of flags 
representing each countiy was 
accompanied by the enthusiastic 
singing of several national anthemi 
the crowd applauded. Special musi« 
arrangements for both voices and 
instruments added a note of 

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exquisite beauty to the inaugural 

Delegates from other countries 
were waiinly welcomed by the 
Evangelical Confederation of 
Colombia via its president, Reverend 
Josue Salazai'. A response on behalf 
of the visitors was given by Dr. 
Benjamin Moraes of Brazil. 

The principal address was given 
by the Congress Coordinator, 
Reverend Efrain Santiago, 
evangelical pastor and Secretaiy of 
Social Service for the Puerto Rican 
govermnent. In his inaugural speech 
Reverend Santiago traced the social 
and political history of the 
continent relating it to the spiritual 
and religious development through 
the centuries. He emphasized the 
necessity for evangelicals to preach 
the message of Christ backing up 
this proclamation by active 
pai'ticipation in the struggle for a 
solution to the complex social 
problems of Latin America. 
Throughout his discourse wami 
expressions of approval were shouted 
out by the wann-heai'ted audience. 
The sei'vice was concluded in prayer 
by Argentine evangelist Fernando 
Vangioni of the Billy Graliam 
Association. (Fernando Vangioni 
was a guest at our General Conference 
in 1960 and is evangelist speaker for 
CAVEA, the radio ministry in which 
we cooperate in Argentina.) 

ilegates at Congress with Pastor Ricaido 
vero to the extreme right. John Rowsey was 
left of Riccudo and again "off camera." 

Positive Note Chaiacterizes Congress 

The sessions were indicative of the 
fact that consei^vative evangelicals 
of the continent were seriously facing 
up to today's theological and social 

Following the Bible study given 
by Reverend Ruben Lores of 
Costa Rica, Dr. Jose D. Camacho 
of Puerto Rico presented a paper 
on "The Theological Bases for 
Evangelization. He began with a 
consideration of what evangelism 
is and with insistence urged his 
audience to rediscover its true 
meaning in the light of the 
Scriptures. He pointed out that our 
theology will deteraiine our 
evangelistic action or the lack of it. 

He explained that though it is 
true that the Gospel is simple, this 
does not mean that it is in opposition 
to a dimension of profundity and 
mystery. He analyzed with eloquence 
and depth various subjects, such as 
"The Gospel and Revelation," "The 
Gospel and Proclamation," and 
"The Gospel and Redemption." He 
then related the historic Jesus to 
the Christ of the Christian faith 
and in passing pointed out the 
demythologizing theories of certain 
modernist schools of thought. He 
concluded his message with an 
analysis of the theology of evangelism 
face to face with the urgent needs 
of contemporary man. 

In the afternoon Reverend Paul 
Finkenbinder, of Los Angeles, 
affectionately known in Latin 
America as "Brother Paul," spoke 
forcefully on the problem of 
communicating the Gospel. 

In the evening session, open to the 
public, Argentine pastor Osvaldo 
Mottesi challenged the audience 
with a message on renewal of the 
church in Latin America. In his 
vibrant discourse, received with 
warm acclaim by his audience of more 
than 2,200, with ruthless honesty 
he analyzed the church of today. 
In graphic temis gripping the hearts 

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The Brethren Evangel 

of many listeners, he put his finger 
on various open wounds witliin tlie 
churcli which cannot be ignored 
by this Congress. 

Altogether twelve position papers 
were presented in Spanish or 
Portuguese by other well known 
Latin American leaders 
such as Arnoldo Canclini of 
Argentina, Sergio Garcia of Mexico, 
Antonio EUas of Brazil. Peruvian 
Samuel Escobar produced what may 
turn out to be the strongest impact 
upon the delegation with his position 
paper, "The Social Responsibility of 
the Church." 
Escobar Strikes New Chord 

Escobar began by pointing out that 
the very fact that he was assigned 
such a topic indicates a certain 
maturity in the Latin American 
Church. Not too long ago, almost 
any social action would have been 
identified with liberal theology. 
Things have changed now, however. 
Today, no one tielieves that a concern 
for the social dimension of the 
evangelical testimony implies a 
departure from the fundamentals 
of the Gospel. 

In a brief historical sun'ey, he 
used a quote from Chai'les Erdman, 
one of the authors of The 
Fundamentals, the series of essays 
which gave birth to the term 
"fundamentalism." In 1911 Erdman 
wrote with deep social concern, 
protesting against "those who feel 
very comfortable with their 
orthodox preaching, although they 
know vei'y well that their wealth 
comes from underhanded business 
methods, and oppression of the 
working class. One can be an 
outlaw and a social pirate and still 
believe in the virgin bulh and the 
resurrection of Christ." 

After a learned description of 
several historical stages which we 
have passed through, the speaker 
concluded that today we live in a 
revolutionaiy age. The pressure of 
the masses cannot be contained. 
Here the extremists find fertile 

ground. Economic formulas which 
offered by our Anglo-Saxon brethn 
are inadequate for such an explosi' 
situation. We ai'e being taken by 
suiiDrise by questions for which 
we have no answers. Our young 
people are seai'ching for them 

Evangelism is one of the tasks 
of the church, but not the only on 
It is the principal task, but it sho 
not cause us to be blind to other 
urgent tasks: the teaching of the 
full counsel of God, coiporate worst 
cominon sendee, and that kind of 
a relationship with the world whici 
will make of the Christian communi 
a visible testimony of the work 
of the Spirit of God in man. 

Evangelicals must seek the meai 
of incarnating their faith in the 
Latin American context. Without 
incarnation there is no tnie 
evangelism. Lack of incarnation rv 
the risk of making of the Gospel a 
middle class ideology which does 
not communicate to the Latin 
American man. 

As a church we ai'e not called to 
form a platfonn or a political part; 
Escobar states. If we consider our 
social responsibility as service we 
will avoid falling into the error ol 
tiying to arrange conditions so thi 
we can impose the Gospel from abo 

Society is more than the sum 
of its individuals. The most 
urgently-needed social changes in 
Latin America will come not only 
from changed individuals, but alsc 
from changed social structures. In 
both, evangelicals find a challenge 
to their Christian testimony. 

We should not expect to constru( 
the Kingdom of God here on earth 
nor should we look toward a 
Christianized society. According to 
Escobai', our hope is eschatological 
but at the same time our service 
and testimony are signs of this 
hope and the lordship of Christ in c 

Escobai-'s challenging call for 
service to our Latin American 

iiiary 3, 1970 

Page Thirteen 

ighbor as a part of our Christian 
itimony received an unusual and 
thusiastic standing ovation from 
audience which could not contain 
emotion at that point. One 
legate from Chile, with teai's 
jhis eyes, said, "Today a new phase 
my life has begun — it will be a life 
lich gives the proper place to 
;ial sei-vice." 

CLADE was a "first" in many 
lys. It was the first time that Latin 
nericans from such a wide 
i^ersity of backgrounds had come 
gether for the specific purpose 
concentrating on the evangelical 
iperative. "Unity in diversity" 
uld well have characterized their 
•liberations. There was no doubt 
to that which united them. 
The carefully written 2,000 word 
evangelical Declaration of Bogota" 
as a "first," also. It reflected the 
cisive thinking of the authors of 
.e positional papers together with 
.e view of the delegates on each 
[bject. After each paper was 
ven the general assembly divided 
to 25 workshops to discuss the 
aterial presented and to draw up 
lecific recommendations. These were 
len incoiijorated into the consensus 
)cument. The Bogota Declai'ation 
as adopted at the final general 

In the final sessions on Saturday, 
r. Carlos Lastra, co-chaiiTnan 
' the Congress, presented an 
■ganizational plan for the systematic 
'angelization of the continent in the 
jxt three decades if Christ tai'ries 
is coming. The progi'am includes 
itional and regional congresses to 
; held in each geographical area 
■ the western hemisphere, with an 
iternational congress on evangelism. 
rery seven years. 
Following his presentation and a 
-lestion and answer period the 
isembly was divided into caucuses 
wording to geographical areas, 
'elegates to a provisional 
fganizational committee were chosen 
y the caucuses and a tentative 
metable for national and regional 

activities set up. These were to be 
subsequently ratified on the local 
level. The final acceptance of the 
organizational projection and the 
provisional regional nominations was 
voted through by the general 
assembly with little or no dissenting 

There is no question but that 
consei'vative evangelicals took a 
long step forwai'd at Bogota. One 
which in the future will probably 
even sul^3ass the expectations of 
the delegates themselves. 

to visit India 

r[E General Secretary of the Missionary Boeu-d, M. 
Virgil Ingraham, leaves January 2 for an admis- 
trative visit to India. The board, while in session during 
General Conference last August, commissioned him to 
join Rev. K. Prasantha Kumar at Rajahmundry to take 
the initial steps for establishing a Brethren mission in 
South India. 

Secretary Ingraham and Rev. Kumar will initiate pro- 
csodings for obtaining legal status for the work, and 
will set up the administrative procedures for operation 
of the mission there. Rev. Kumar has been designated 
National Director of the organization which will be 
known as the Brethren Bible Mission. The mailing 
address is as follows: Brethren Bible Mission, P. O. Box 
64, Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh. India. Postage is 
25(f per half-ounce. 

Rev. Ingraham expects to visit other evangelical 
missions whUe en route, and plans to return to the 
U.S.A. on February 6, in order to report progress of the 
undertaking to the Board while it will be in session at 
Ashland on Februaiy 9-11. The prayers of the Brethren 
across the brotherhood for the Lord's leading in this 
new venture of faith is earnestly requested. 

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■"pHIRTY-THREE neighbors of Brethren House in 
1 St. Petersburg, Florida, gathered on Thanlisgiving 
morning to express their thanks. The twelve adults and 
twenty-one children sang hymns and heard a meditation 
by Pastor Lersch. 

A special feature of this service was the time spent 
in expressing "thank yous" by individuals to others 
present. Then in closing the group joined in a litany of 
Thanksgiving to God they themselves had composed. 

Anticipating the celebration of Christ's coming, activ- 
ities at Brethren House during December will focus on 
the Advent season. Each afternoon after school the 
twenty-five to thirty young people who come for creat- 
ive expression and play may hear a tape-recorded 
Advent story. This story will complement a decorated 
star placed that day on a small Christmas tree. 

After hearing the story, the children may print or 
draw something it suggested to them. 

Sunday nights at Brethren House have featured 
suppers for families of children who attend morning 

worship services. After the meal, the children's Chu 
School teachers (Mrs. Joseph Tracy, Pastor Lersch 
Mrs. Lersch) share with the parents the lessons 
children have been studying. Each week two diffel 
families come with the teachers and pastor. This alli 
ample time for parents and teachers to get acquainti 

"Teen meetings" continue on Monday nights at Br( 
ren House. Neighborhood junior and senior high 
dents come for discussion and games. Pastor Ler 
meets with this group and talks with these young pec 
about topics they choose. 

On Wednesday evenings parents in the commun 
come for discussion about child-rearing. Between Pan 
and Child by Haim Ginott is the springboard for thi 
idea-sharing sessions. Pastor Lersch leads. 

In addition to the famUy suppers on Sunday nighti 
December, the W.M.S. group will meet and the Chui 
School plans to sing Christmas carols at a nursing hoi 

— By Reverend Phil Lersch 

Building a "foretaste of heaven" 


in Jerusalem for setting fire to the Al Aksa 
Mosque, authorities found on his person a copy of The 
Plain Truth magazine, periodical of Herbert W. Arm- 
strong published in Pasadena, California. 

No connection between the arsonist and Armstrong's 
huge enterprise of the radio preacher was established, 
but attention was focused briefly on the luxurious and 
burgeoning establishment of the former advertising 
executive in Pasadena. 

Each week Armstrong's warnings of doom and befud- 
dling doctrines reach an estimated radio audience of 40 
million people. The program is produced at the lavish 
quarters of Ambassador College, official sponsor of 
Armstrong's "The World Tomorrow." It is heard over 
38 TV stations and 229 radio stations in North America 
in addition to overseas outlets. 

Herbert W. Armstrong, succeeded on the air by his 
son Gamer Ted Armstrong, 39, operates his vast broad- 
casting, publishing and educational program on an 
annual budget of $34 million. Armstrong founded in 
1934 at Eugene, Oregon, the Radio Church of God, his 
own denomination whose title has since been shortened 
to The Church of God. The Armstrong sect reports a 
baptized membership of 50,000 people, 167 local 

churches and 360 ordained ministers. 

Armstrong, often called by evangelicals "Mr. C 
fusion," is perhaps best known as an exponent of An| 
Israelism — the belief that America and the British hE 
replaced the Jews as God's "chosen people." Proof 1 
his tenet, Armstrong says, is noted in the Hebrew wel 
for covenant: "berith." The word for man is "ish." Th 
he says, " 'British' obviously means 'covenant man.' 

The plush offices and gorgeous ground of his A 
bassador College headquarters accommodate 700 s 
dents. They are part of a current $22 million expansi 
program intended to give residents and visitors a fo 
taste of what life will be like in the future when all^ 
mankind lives according to God's moral code. ; 

As do the Seventh-day Adventists and other simii 
groups, the Church of God (one of several denomir 
tions so named) observes Saturday rather than Sund 
as the day of worship. Members reject the doctrine 
the Trinity because, they say, it was "developed cifi 
the death of Jesus." The term "Easter" is also outlawc 

"The World Tomorrow" offers little more than d; 
warnings and questions and leaves the listener at or 
excited and confused about exactly what can be i 
pected of the future. Yet donations pour in and tf 
faithful pay and there's not a word of solicitation. 

uary 3, 1970 Page Fifteen 


February 21 -22. 1969 

Davenport, Iowa 

>ntral District Church Leaders 

A. Pastors 

B. Moderators, Vice Moderators 

C. Secretaries, Treasurers 

D. Pulpit Committee Chairmen 

By invitation of the Central District Moderator) 

ansored by: 

:entral District Executive Committee (1968-69) 
Chairman: Mr. Harlan HoUewell, Moderator 

ecial Guest: 

lev. Smith Rose, Executive Secretary of Central 



I. To have an exchcmge of programs and problems of 
the local churches. 

}. To discover programs and plans of the denomina- 
tion that wiU effect the local church . . . telling 
local leadership, so they know the program. 

5. To express freely concepts of Brethren doctrine 
and allow the right to question them. 

1. To find out how other Brethren are doing things. 

5. To share workable programs and to expedite the 
work of God's kingdom through a more efficient 

Our seminar began with a dinner at 6:30 p.m. on 
iday and continued until 10 p.m. We met in a room at 
restaurant near the motel where we were aU staying, 
iter the meeting we all retired to our motel for a time 

rest and sharing. We resumed our sessions the next 
orning at 8 o'clock and closed at 11:30 with lunch. 
The following notes were recorder from our meeting. 

is in no way complete or representative of all the 
inking shared, but will give you who are interested 
e topics discussed and perhaps a few ideas to ponder, 
lis seminar was in no way legislative but for the 
•omotion and understanding of the methods and mind 
: the Brethren. It was love time for the Brethren; for 

we love to talk, to share, and to think. We even suc- 
ceeded in the area of loving to listen and understand 
our brothers who do not see with our eyes, hear with 
our ears and think with our minds. 

This is a report; let it stimulate. It is great to get 
the leadership of local churches together and have a 

Summary of Leadership Seminar (in brief) 

Church Discipline — DiscipUne is needed; not punitive, 
blasting condemnation, but confrontation of the set 
apart life of a Christian. This was referred to the 
District Deacons (will be discussed January 1970). 

Di\'orce and Remarriage — Some say to set the policy 
by church action, others suggest requiring counsel- 
ing sessions. No conclusions were reached because 
of the nature of the problem. 

Use of the Church — Rules are best set for the use of 
church facilities. This should be applied across the 
board with no exceptions. The pastor should per- 
form all the pastoral services of the church. There 
is a need in all of our churches for access to the 
chapel or worship area at all times of the day. 

Membership Requirements — 

Roll Revision — Deacons should be in charge of an 
annual revision. 

Doctrinal Requirem.ents— Triune Immersion, Triune 
Communion and confirmation are required. Incom- 
plete attention or education was suggested as a 
problem with triune immersion, if and when it is 
a problem. 

Pastor's Instruction Class — It should not be an auto- 
matic school to build the church rolls but to be a 
tool to inform more deeply of the Christian life 
and its expression through the Brethren Church. 
This type of instruction is needed — if it has to be 
required to get it instilled into our people, then re- 
quiring it may be the answer. 

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The Brethren Evangt 

Attendance or Service — Attendance or serving on com- 
mittees is not necessarily involvement. 

Tenure — 

Pastor — A longer call gives depth to the church's min- 
istry and also the ministry of the pastor. Salary 
should not be the determining factor in a call; this 
should be set through Finance Committee and/or 
Official Board. Salary guidelines are available from 
denominational offices (Central Council). 

Officers — It seems to work in the best interest of the 
church if tenure is limited. Three years was the 

Deacons — They are ordained for life, but suggestion 
was made that tenure ol service be defined by 
periods. A training or probationary period was also 

Pastoral Relations — A soUd, confidential committee that 
can honestly assess the work of the church is very 
important. Such a Pastoral Relations Committee 
can keep a lot of problems from being blown out 
of proportion or harm the work and witness of the 
church. The wife of the pastor is very important, 
but is not to be included in the negotiations when 
extending a call. She should be given consideration 
because she is in a unique position. She is first of 
all a wife and mother. 

Finances — 

Collection — We should acquaint people with the 
budget needs and count on their conscientious res- 
ponse for fulfillment. Pledges are not generally 
asked. A need to double check the collections was 

Stewardship emphasis and envelope system are 
needed for keeping the monies coming in. Consensus 
seemed to be that pastors should not see financial 
records of individual giving. 

Budget — The unified budget is gaining wider usage. 
It is overall a good program but needs to be watched 
so there is a unified emphasis. Otherwise it may 
become lopsided. 

Disbursements — They need to be more promptly re- 
mitted. This is not usually a problem locally but 
too often true of benevolent disbursements. 

Memorials — These funds should be kept separated, 
closely recorded and displayed. Brethren Home 
Mission Revolving Fund is an excellent depository 
for these funds, and they are working for the Lord. 

Incorporating New Leadership — Assistantship is nee ( 
for best results. Leadership training was sugges ;i 
Standards for Sunday school and church offic i 
need to be set. Non-members involvement she ; 
be decided by blanket policy. Consensus seemec:: 
be that non-members are not allowed to hold leac 
ship or teaching positions usually. 

Ushers — An important office that creates first 
pressions. They should be guided and given traini 

Nominating and Elections— Elections have been 
rule, but appointment of officers was discus; s 
Nominations from the floor are felt to be absolute 
necessary, but there is a chance at times thaj 
Nominating Committee's work is negated. ' 

Pastor and Moderator should be ex-officio ) 
Nominating Committee. The use of a Plannj 
Committee was suggested to aid the Moderaij 
Nominating needs to have openness and vision ( 
placing names on the ballot. A plan was introduij 
where the Vice Moderator is Official Board Ch:! 
man, which involves him more than in the past, i 

Reports — Reporting is a problem that needs closer att 
tion. Written reports are a more efficient and del 
ite means than oral. It helps reporter and recipier 
Board meetings are less likely to wander aimlesi 
if reports and agenda are well prepared. 

Acquiring a New Pastor— The trend is to intervi 
candidates and possibly past current congregatic 
he has served. This is followed by a fellowship ty 
get together. Trial sermons should never be us 
as a sole means in choosing a new pastor. Churcl" 
sliould contact only one man at a time! Pastt 
should consider one churcli at a time! The Mir! 
terial Examining Board should be consulted wh'i 
non-Brethren are being considered. Central Coun 
Office could serve as a clearing house when a p: 
toral change is being considered. 

Denominational Involvement — 

Memorializing Conference— Any congregation m, 
petition District Conference about any issue t 
decision, before it is presented to General Confil 

Pondering Points—Are boards operating the chur 
instead of true congregational government? V 
tend to pay our way out of involvement, but i 
place it with nothing. If viewed as an extension 
arm of our total commitment, then we should . 
involved as much denominationally as we ai 

1 1 


Isaiah 61:1-2; Luke 4:16-18 

uary 3, 1970 



Page Seventeen 

IRST, allow me to preface my 
paper by saying that I think the 
1 to the gospel ministry is a 
emn call and a great 
■ponsibility, not only to God, 
; to fellow man. 

[ suppose God's working with me 
a little more dramatic than some, 
ras never too interested in church, 
fact, I was never in a church more 
m two dozen times beore I was 21 
ii's old. My conversion to Christ 
,s October 1954 while in the U.S. 
r Force. In a discouraged state 
mind, I attended the evening 
apel service at Johnson Air Force 
^e, Japan. It was here that I 
ard the gospel message for the 
•st time and accepted the 
Ivation that is in Christ. 
I did not think about the ministry 
3 seriously because 1 did not have 
s qualifications. The most 
onounced thing was that I had 
t finished high school. On the 
[ler hand, there were events in my 
e I could not escape. When I 
IS two years old, I had a fatal 
sease and was given no hope 
li\ing, yet in God's providence, 
survived. In 19.54, I was taken to 
e Base Hospital three days after 
nversion. It was discovered I had 
linal meningitis, another serious 
sease. Once again in God's 
•evidence, I suiwived. 
It took these events for God to 
ad me into the ministry. Being a 
gh school drop-out, I had very 
:tle encouragement. A physician 
>ld me I \\'0uld never make it 
irough college because the high 
•mperature (often 105.6 and above) 
id undoubtedly damaged my brain 
lough to impair my ability to 

learn. At times, I thought he was 
correct. The first semester at Bible 
College, I made a D- average. 
However, when God leads, one 
follows and trusts the results to 
Him. The second semester, after 
prayer, I came up to a C and ha\-e 
been holding a B since. 

After I was out of the service, 
1 obtained a good paying job, with 
little work. This job was at night 
and did not require all of my 
time. I had time to read the Bible 
and pray. Like Elijah, it was not a 
wind, or fire, or earthquake, but a 
still small voice saying, "Are you 
going into the ministry or not?" 
I knew I had to make a final 
decision then. 

The first thing was to finish 
high school. I had taken the General 
Education Test while in the Air 
Force. I needed one semester to 
finish. I attended my home high 
school and graduated in 1956 at 21 
years of age. I then attended the 
Assembly of God Bible College 
in Springfield, Missouri and 
graduated in 1960 with a B.A. in 
Bible. I stalled at Ashland Seminary 
in 1965 and will finish in 1970. 

This is, in brief, the events and 
circumstances that led up to and 
surround my call to the ministry. 
This explains why I am in the 
Christian ministiy. God took a 
man doomed for failure, discouraged 
and possibly a future alcoholic and 
gave him a vital, meaningful 
Christian life. I feel people today, 
especially young people, are looking 
for something real and vital in their 
lives. I found it in Christ and want 
to share this \nth others the best 
way I know how. 

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The Brethren Evangr 



What Makes Them Grow? 

— a review of "The Ten Largest Sundi 
Schools" by Elmer R. Towns (Grai 
Rapids: Baker, 1969, paperbac 

ELMER TOWNS, associate Professor of Christian 
Education at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 
Deerfield, Illinois, like many evangelicals, has been 
searching for the l<ey to Sunday school growth. 

Why do some Sunday schools grow in attendance at 
fantastic rates to unbelieveable sizes, and others stag- 
nate? Some Sunday schools reach a vast number of 
people, win hundreds to Christ, and have a large teach- 
ing ministry. Others seem to die in the delivery room. 

Many churches which seem to possess all the ingre- 
dients necessary for expansion remain static year after 
year while other less likely congregations show signifi- 
cant growth. Why? 

These are just a few of the questions with which 
Professor Towns grapples in his study of the ten largest 
Sunday schools in the United States. By questionnaire 
and first-hand investigation the author sought to un- 
cover "the secret to Sunday school expansion." 

The book includes case studies of each of the ten 
largest Sunday schools and in each case seeks to isolate 
those factors which have made the most important 
contributions to that church's growth. Similarities, dif- 
ferences, and contrasts are noted and in some cases 

The last three chapters attempt to outUne: (1) "The 
factors causing growth based on the church program," 
(2) "Factors causing growth based on the Sunday 
school program," and (3) "Methods of Research." 

The final section of the book (ten pages) is devoli 
to a listing of the "Statistics of America's ten largi 
Sunday schools." These statistics are the results of 
questionnaire containing the ten churches' responses 
over 520 items. They are most interesting and in ad 
tion to the Sunday school, they offer revealing inforn 
tion in capsule form about each of the churcl 

The reader should heed the author's warning not 
"immediately attempt to apply some of the principle 
uncovered in this study. These principles may be va 
only in their original context and their indiscrimina 
application outside this context could be an invitati' 
to disaster. 

It is my opinion that The Ten Largest Sund: 
Schools: and What Makes Them Grow, should be re; 
by pastors, superintendents and committees on evang 
ism. Perhaps the greatest value of the book Ues in i 
forthright presentation of the facts. The sheer impa 
of these facts is bound to inject the reader with nf 
vision and to convince him of the necessity for develo 
ing an effective church-centered thrust in education 


Watch for Details 

iiary 3, 1970 

Page Nineteen 


(a page from the Preacher's Diary — Crestwood Brethren Church) 

WAS a bright faU day as red Chevrolet— Indiana 
:0C 6961— eased out of the drive at 1146 Gary Court 
unwind 70 miles of blacktop between Elkhart and 
t Wayne in its twice-weekly run. A quick check 
icated all necessary equipment aboard — tools for 
ir repairs in the trunk. An assuring pinch of the 
her briefcase on the front seat assured me that the 
ipons and ammunition were there — a Bible for the 
ning Bible Study and invitations to be distributed in 
■stwood inviting people to our new church at 1630 
namon Street. My name's Lowmaster, I'm a 

liy-passing the traffic of main street we took a side 
;.d out of Elkhart, slipped past Dunlap on a side road 
the east and soon were in Goshen. A quick check at 

edge of town assured us that the "Goshen Brothers" 
re still in business. As we left Goshen the speed- 
■eter of 20C 6961 crept up to 65 and hung there 
•tionless for an hour as Benton, Ligonier, Wolf Lake, 
-nmel and Churubusco slowed us momentarily. After 
hour. Fort Wayne could be seen in the distance. We 
■ned east on Washington Road to avoid the By-pass 
ffic, and in 5 minutes were pulling into the drive at 
10 Cinnamon. It was 3:10 p.m. 

Opening the brown briefcase I took out the ammuni- 
n — 200 gleaming yellow rounds with the following 
•ssage (in part): "We are pleased to announce the 
ening of The Crestwood First Brethren Church, 1630 
inamon St.; A community church for the people of 
estwood— Fundamental in its faith— Within walking 
stance— Interested in serving you." After prayer that 
:h message would reach its mark I stai'ted up Bay 
rry Street, Tulip Tree Road, Red Bud Lane, Oleandar 
reet. Mimosa Road and back to Tulip Tree and then 
the church. It was now 5:30 p.m. Changing clothes 
d getting tools I set about to put new upholstered 
Its on 8 chrome chairs to be used in the Youth De- 
rtment Sunday School Class. Two chairs completed 
d it was 7 p.m. Must change clothes and get ready 
r Bible Study. 

The people began to arrive, there were seven present ; 
e Eichers, Carson Gould, three of the Troup family 
d Miss Zent from Roanoke plus myself. We talked 
/hile of the need for wall lamps in the sanctuary 
id upstairs class rooms, how we could get carpeting 

for the nursery, supplies for Sunday school and need 
for visitation. Then, with prayer for guidance we studied 
James' Epistle— "But let patience have her perfect 
work, that ye may be perfect and entire wanting noth- 
ing" (James 1:4). We concluded our study with prayer 
in which most participated. 

At 8:50 p.m. all were gone. I gathered my briefcase 
and tools, turned back the heat, shut off the lights, 
locked the door and soon the lights of 20C 6961 were 
shining northeastward through the darkness. Nearing 
the frozen custard stand on the south edge of 
Churubusco, the sign looked inviting and the red Chevy 
instinctively turned in. Two cars were parked in the 
shadows. Three men were facing two young men — 
about 19 or 20. I could see the biggest one had a gun. 
He said, "Come on, come on and I'll shoot you right in 
the — !" He then began to beat the other, pounding his 
head repeatedly against the top of the car. I ran inside 
to call the police — no answer! I saw the red Ford begin 
to drive away — got his license number! I hurried the 
four blocks to the police station — no one there. There 
was a bar next door — I found the "on-duty" policeman 
playing cards in a room at the rear of the bar, just as 
I saw the two boys who had been beaten coming. I said, 
"you'd better get out here; there is a man who was 
threatening some boys with a gun." We went next door 
to the Police Station. The boys came in and reported 
between cursing, what had happened. "It was some 

S - - of B 's from Noble County," they said! The cop 

said, "Do you want to enter a complaint?" They said, 
"Naw, they've gotten away now!" I said, "If you don't 
do something to stop this kind of stuff, they'll just get 
bolder. I'll be a witness to what I saw." The officer 
said "That's right." I said. "I have the license number." 
The boys said, "O.K. We will sign the complaint." 

"I'll contact the Noble County Sheriff and have these 
fellows picked up right away. If they have the gun in 
the car, they'll get the book," the officer said. "Well, 
you don't need me any more," I said, "I'll be on my 
way. Here's my card if you need me again." 

20C 6961 headed northwest through the night. It was 
50 miles to home and bed. It was almost 11:00 p.m. 
WJJD was just signing off in Chicago. Me too, I'm 
Lowmaster — I'm a preacher. Thanks for joining with us 
on a Bible Study Night at Crestwood. Thanks for taking 
us as your Youth Project for 1969-70! 

Challenge Budget Goal for 1969 -70 -$13,100 

Projects for Ft. Wayne and India 

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The Brethren Evangt! 


"Discovery/Learning techniques, as described at the 
National Sunday School Association 1969 Seminar, are 
effective and up-to-date for a scientific age, and are a 
key feature of G/ L's Vacation Bible School materials for 
1970," according to VBS Editor Betty Pershing. 

Complete, separate 10-day and 5-day materials are 

G/L's new "discovery" VBS, entitled "Discover Christ 
Where You Are," involves lessons which set up situa- 
tions in which students of all ages are encouraged to 
"discover" answers for themselves — through Bible 
study, individual thought, self-examination, and group 

"Youngsters don't just accept, nowdays," stated Miss 
Pershing. "They live in an age built on discovering, and 
disco\^ering their own answers give lesson truths more 
meaning. G/L's VBS," she added, "involves all students 
in 'guided discovery' through activity, Bible research, 
individual and group thinking and doing." 

-Helicopter Treasure Hunt Contest is a new way 

promote attendance and better learning throi; 
mystery map, secret clues, hidden "treasure." 

-Sing-A-Long Record for Prekindergarten and h 
dergarten use has guitar accompaniment, featu 
activities, songs, rhythms. 

-New Bible KitKratt especially designed for Fj 
kindergarten, Kindergarten, Primary, Junior aj 
Youth. All KitKraft for 1970 is "quality checkej 
and is packed only in the popular and economiij 
4-Pak kits containing all essential materials 
four students. 

-New Attendance-Builder Kit features e.xpandi| 
illustrated booklet filled with tips; plus a vari«i| 
of new promotional helps. 

Many New Materials 

In addition to established courses, 1970 will be high- 
lighted by: 

— Entirely new courses for Prekindergarten, Primary 
and Adult departm.ents. For the younger ages, 
new KitKraft features daily projects correlated 
with each lesson. 

— New 3-D Visuals with die-cut figures to illustrate 
Bible stories, are included with the new Pre- 
kindergarten course. 

—Unique new '•shadow bo.v" visual aid, is featured 
in Primary Multi-media Visual Packet. Also fea- 
tured: prism, magnet, leatlier, other articles for 
Bible-centered discovery/learning. 

—New Split/,S5 "Travel Strips." Five new filmstrip 
kits have been added to the popular series, making 
ten in all. They will lead students through Bible 
land scenes during the VBS worship services. 

2-Year Cycle Saves Money 

G/L's exclusive 2-year VBS lesson cycle can he 
churches save limited budget dollars through re-use 
many teacher's materials, visual aids and used 
partially used student books and KitKraft materia 
from 1968. Only Prekindergarten, Primary and Adi 
courses are entirely new. Most 1970 VBS materials w 
again be useful in VBS 1972. This G 'L exclusive budg( 
saving cycle, combined with G/L's 2-year departments 
described fully in VBS brochure, and new VBS filmstri 

New Filmstrip, Brochure, Samples 

Ethel Barrett's new VBS filmstrip, "Cry Down tli 
Fire, Cry Down the Rain," is written to recruit ar; 
motivate Christian Education and VBS workers throu| 
the inspiring Bible story of Elijah. Filmstrip is ava. 
able for free use and return. Ten-day and 5-day Sampi 
Kits and new color brochure are also available fro; 
suppliers or from G/'L. 

— A G/L News Release 


Watch for Details 

lary 3, 1970 

I'age Twenty-one 



ates' bait box — 


Y THIS TIME the holiday season Is over, and per- 
haps even the happy spirits of Christmas are 

aring off. What now? What does 1970 hold for you, 
your Sisterhood? Has the Spirit also started) run- 
g low there, too? 

each year many of us sit down New Year's Eve or 
w Year's Day and think about resolutions we want 
make; sometimes written down with the hopes that 
■y will be remembered longer. Have you personally 
.de any resolutions for this another year; or in your 
luary Sisterhood meeting did you stop and make 

Y resolutions for the society? Are they going to be 
pt? Let's stop and think for a moment. Why were 
y resolutions made at all? 

it conference this year we heard that some people 
■re trying to dissolve our Sisterhood and Brotherhood 
ganizations. Oh, what an uproar! We, who were at 
iference, went home resolved to do even greater 
ings. We, the officers, are striving to do all wo can 

get S.M.M. back to the enthusiastic "on-fire" organi- 
tion it once was, but what a letdown we are finding 
some groups. One that I know about doesn't want to 
ise money, doesn't want to do anything unless it is 
n and they don't have to exercise their bodies or 
inds, whether it be for preparing a program or making 
me small gift for a shut-in. (Have we really become 

self-centered?) What has happened to the love we 
lim to have for God? One good resolution for Sister- 
lods to make would be to forget self and show forth 

any and/or many ways the love we as Christians 
ould possess. 
Should your faith in Sisterhood be faltering, I want 

tell you about our newest society. Our Vandergrift, 
mnsylvania church started a S.M.M. this fall. The 
St word we had was that they have 21 members and 
•e so anxious and busy working on their "love proj- 
rts" that they take more and more time each month 
' complete their work. What has made them a success? 
irst, they have a leader who wants to help the girls, 
id then they have girls who want to help others and 
ke the responsibUity. This brings another resolution: 
.at we as Sisterhood girls become responsible — respon- 
Dle for the work we do, the lives we live, the words 
e say and most of aU responsible "children" of God. 

Yes, girls, we each have a purpose to fulfill. We have 
■■resolutions" to be made— as long as they are made 
with the intent of carrying them out through the New 
Year. May this be the purpose of us all: 

To be a little kindlier 

With the passing of each day. 

To leave but happy memories 

As I go along my way. 

To use possessions that are mine 

In service full and free. 

To sacrifice the trivial things 

For larger good to be: 

To give of love in lavish way 

That friendship true may live. 

To be less quick to criticize, 

More ready to forgive. 

To use such talents as I have 

That happiness may grow, 

To take the bitter with the sweet 

Assured ■fis better so: 

To be quite free from self interests 

Whatever the task I do. 

To help the world's faith stronger grow 

In all that's good and true: 

To keep my faith in God and right 

No matter how things go. 

To work and pray and trust 

UntU the journey's run. 

God grant me the strength of heart 

Of motive and of wUl, 

To do my part and falter not 

This Purpose to Fulfill. 

May each girl, each patroness, each society have a 
wonderful and blessed new year I 

Reminder: The National and District dues are due by 
January 31. (National dues, $1 per member, 
sent to Donna MiUer, 1846 Edmar Street, 
LouisviUe, Ohio, 44641, and District dues, 
lOf per member, sent to your own District 
Secretary. ) 

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The Brethren Evangi 

n. e IV s 

• • • 

Hagerstown, Bid. Rev. W. C. Ben- 
sholf has concluded his pastorate 
at the First Brethren Church in 
Hagerstown and has assumed the 
pastorate at the First Brethren 
Church in Nappanee, Indiana. The 
move was made the last week of 

Howe (Brighton), Ind. Rev. John 
Long reports that the congrega- 
tion has just recently purchased 
new pews, pulpit, classroom divid- 
ers, chairs and tables for the 
church. A dedication service was 
held on Sunday, November 9, 1969. 
Rev. Albert Curtrlght of Milford, 
Indiana, and former pastor, was 
the guest speaker. 

Mansfield, Ohio. Rev. Spencer Gentle 
ended his pastorate at the Wal- 
crest Brethren Church in Mans- 
field. Mr. Kenneth Sullivan, a stu- 
dent in the seminary has assumed 
the pastorate as of Sunday eve- 
ning, December 28, 1969. The 
congregation just recently dedicat- 
ed a new church building. 

Sniithvllle, Ohio. Re\-. Dale Long, 
pastor, reports that on Sunday, 
November 2, 1969, a certificate of 
licensure for the Christian minis- 
try was presented to Mr. Dale 
RuLon who is a student in the 
Seminary. His home church is 
Waterloo, Iowa; he is pastoring 
a Christian church in Sullivan, 

Goshen, Ind. Rev. Bradley Weiden- 
hamer who has been pastoring the 
First Brethren Church since the 
first of January, 1969, ended his 
pastorate as of December 31. He 
has moved to the Jefferson com- 
munity north of Goshen and will 
reside there. 

Nappanee, Ind. Rev. William H. 
Anderson concluded his pastorate 
at the First Brethren Church the 

last week of December and has 
moved to Manteca, California, 
where he has assumed the pastor- 
ate at the First Brethren Church. 

Lanark, III. Rev. Paul Steiner re- 
ports that on Sunday, December 
14, 1969, new hymneds were dedi- 
cated in memory of Miss Ruth E. 
Diffenderfer who passed away 
almost a year ago. 

Falls City, Nebr. Rev. Elmer Keck 
has assumed the pastorate at the 
First Brethren Church as of Janu- 
ary 1. He concluded his pastorate 
at the First Brethren Church in 
Cerro Gordo, lUinois. 

Teinpe (Papago Park), Ariz. Rev. 
Duane Dickson ended his pastorate 
at the Papago Park Brethren 
Church on Sunday, December 28, 
1969. He has assumed the pastor- 
ate at the College Corner Brethren 
Church in Indiana. Rev. Spencer 
Gentle will assume the pastorate 
in Tempe soon after May 1, 1970. 

Tucson, Ariz. Rev. Clarence Stogs- 
dill spent a week in services at the 
Bible Brethren Church of Glen- 
dora, California. This congregation 
is . interested in uniting with our 


day, August 16, 1969, in the sanctu- 
ary of the First Brethren Church of 
Gratis, Ohio, Miss Roberta Zimmer- 
man became the bride of Mr. Steven 
Raps. The ceremony was solemnized 
by the undersigned. Mrs. Raps is 
the daughter of our church moder- 
ator, Mr. Robert Zimmerman. The 
couple is residing in Gennantown, 

Rev. William Walk 

November 1, 1969, in the sancttl 
of the First Brethren ChurchI 
Gratis, Ohio, Miss Carolyn Mor 
became the bride of Mr. Bill Sur 
The couple is residing near Ea 
Ohio. The ceremony was solemn] 
by the undersigned. 

Rev. Wilham WaJ 

Lynn Boyer became the wife of 
William Crush on September 6, lii 
at the Vinco Brethren Church w 
Rev. Robert Cessna and Rev. Joss 
Hanna officiating at the double r 
ceremony. Parents of the couple 
Mr. and Mrs. Leroy H. Boyer ; 
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Crush. 

Rev. Joseph Hann;; 


KEADLE. Mr. Ralph Keadle,' 
charter member of the First Bre 
ren Church of Sarasota, Flori( 
passed away on Monday, August ; 
1969. Rev. Fred Vanator and J 
Steve Swihart officiated at the s 

Rev. J. D. Hamel, Pastor! 

BEEKLEY. Mrs. Orpha Beekle 
aged 94, passed away at the Brel 
ren's Home in Flora, Indiana, 
November. Her funeral was cc 
ducted at the Home on Sunda 
November 23, 1969, with Rev. CU 
ence Kindley of the First Brethr( 
Church in Flora officiatmg. Coi 
mittal services were conducted 
the Ashland Cemetery, Ashlan 
Ohio, on Monday afternoon wii 
Rev. Virgil E. Meyer in charge. 

Mrs. Beekley was the widow i 
Rev. Charles E. Beekley wl 
passed away in 1924. Chaplain Ei 
gene Beekley of San Antonio, Texi 
is a son. She is also survived by 

She was a member of the Fir 
Brethren Church (Park Street), Asl 
land, Ohio. 

Gladys Flora 
* * * 

Brandenburg, aged 75, died suddenli 
on Monday, September 29, 1969. SH 
was a member of the First Brethren 

iiary 3, 1970 

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rch of Gratis, Ohio, for many 
•s. Services were in charge of 
undersigned and interment was 
:he Fairview Cemetery, Gratis, 

Rev. William D. Walk 

4: N: * 

ECK. Mr. Mahlon E. Pecl<, aged 
passed away at his residence on 
arday, November 1, 1969. He was 
nember of the First Brethren 
irch of Falls City, Nebraska, 
uneral services were in charge 
Rev. Dale K. Westadt, interment 
; in the Maple Cemetery at 
em, Nebraska. 

Twila Lemmon 

FLORA. Dale Flora, aged 74, 
passed away on Friday, November 
14, 1969. He was a charter member 
and a Deacon of the First Brethren 
Church of Denver, Indiana. Services 
were held at the church with Rev. 
George Hapner officiating and place 
of interment was in the Greenlawn 
Cemetery, Mexico, Indiana. 

Mrs. Marlin Roller 
* * * 

PARSONS. Mrs. Sadie M. Parsons, 
aged 94, passed away in the early 
part of November. She was a mem- 
ber of the Whitedale Brethren 
Church of Terra Alta, West Virginia. 
Mrs. Melvin Slaubaugh 


Sarasota, Fla. — 15 by baptism . . . 
Hagrerstown, Md. — 5 by baptism 
. . . Linwood, Md. — 7 by baptism 
. . . Wasliing:toii, D.C. — 2 by bap- 
tism . . . Vandergrift, Pa. — 5 by 
baptism . . . Vinco, Pa. — 3 by bap- 
tism . . . Ashland (Pai-k Street), 
Oliio — 13 by baptism, 5 by letter 
. . . Canton (Trinity), Ohio — 8 by 
letter . . . New Lebanon, Ohio — 28 
by baptism . . . West Alexandria, 
Oliio — 6 by baptism . . . Me.vieo, 
Ind. — 12 by baptism . . . Waterloo, 
Iowa — 2 by baptism. 

World Religious News 

in Review 


rt'heaton, 111. (EP)— Forty film 
ikers have become the nucleus of 
new agency dedicated to the up- 
ading and strengthening of mis- 
inary films. 

:::alled Mission Film Associates, 
; organization's first order of 
siness was the tackling of pro- 
ction and distribution problems in 
3 field of audio-visuals. 
Tom Watson Jr., for five years 
Im Secretary for The Evangelical 
liance Mission and producer of 
Dre than a dozen religious films, 
IS elected executive secretary of 
e group. 

Serving with him are James L. 
■hnson, executive secretary of 
/angelical Literature Overseas, as 
ce chairman; Jerry Ballard, Free 
01 Baptist Foreign Missions Socie- 
; Ken Semenchuk, TEAM films; 
3n Ross, Ken Anderson, and Mary 


Washington, D.C. (EP)— The Pres- 
ent of the United States accepted 
miniature copy of a Soviet statue 

given him in recognition of his ser- 
vice as honorary chairman of Na- 
tional Bible Week. 

The statue represented by the 
miniature is the only allusion to the 
Bible at the United Nations world 

The presentation of the statue by 
the Russian artist Evgeniy Vuchetich 
was made in a White House cere- 
mony by W. Clement Stone of 
Chicago, national chairman of Bible 
Week, which will be observed No- 
vember 23-30. 

Stone, president of the Combined 
Insurance Company of America, 
explained that the statue was select- 
ed for the President because of his 
use of the scriptural passage refer- 
ring to the conversion of swords 
into plowshares during his inaugural 
last January. 


Waslung:ton, D.C. (EP) -As hon 
orary chairman of the 29th annual 
National Bible Week, President 
Nixon paid tribute to the Bible as a 
guidebook for living and said the 
future holds "great promise" if the 

historic lessons of Scriptures are 

National Bible Week will be ob- 
served November 23-30. It is spon- 
sored by the Laymen's National 
Bible Committee with the coopera- 
tion of the American Bible Society 
and the Catholic Biblical Association 
of America. 

"It is most fitting that this tra- 
ditional observance is to be held 
during the week of Thanksgiving," 
Mr. Nixon said in a prepared state- 
ment. "For as each of us pauses to 
reflect on the meaning of the Bible 
m our lives, we surely have some 
special instance for which to express 
our thanks to God for strengthen- 
ing our faith through Holy Writ." 


Washington, D.C. (EP)— Protes- 
tant, Catholic, and Jewish organiza- 
tions have fUed friend-of-the-court 
briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court 
arguing in support of tax exemp- 
tion for church and synagogue 
property used for religious purposes. 

The case wa^ initiated by Fred- 
erick Walz, a New York lawyer. 
Owner of a vacant lot on Staten 
Island valued at $100 and taxed at 
$5.24 per year, he contends that his 
taxes are more than they otherwise 
would be because church property 
is exempted from taxation. 

Rejected by the New York State 
Court of Appeals and lower courts, 
the case has been accepted on appeal 
by the Supreme Court, which dis- 

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The Brethren Evaiigi 

missed similar challenges in 1956 
and 1961. 

"Mr. Walz goes to the heart of the 
matter by arguing that houses of 
worship themselves should not be 
exempt from taxation," said the Rev. 
Dean KeUey, and official of the 
National Council of Churches which 
filed one of the amicus curiae briefs. 

While Mr. Walz contends that tax 
exemption violates the First and 
Fourteenth Amendments to the 
Constitution, the NCC contends the 
First Amendment's guarantee of the 
free exercise of religion "forbids 
taxation by the Federal or State 
governments of houses of worship 
or of other religious property used 
exclusively for religious purposes." 


Long Beach, California (EP) The 
Long Beach-Harbor Baptist Associa- 
tion voted here to deny a member- 
ship petition of the International 
Baptist Church of Carson, thus ex- 
cluding its pastor, C. Robert Tucker, 
from his seat as messenger. He was 
moderator of the Association for the 
past year. 

The association's credentials com- 
mittee recommended at the annual 
meeting that International Baptist 
not be recognized for membership 
because its constitution uses the 
term "New Testament Church" in 
regard to receiving members from 
other churches. 

The philosophy of the "New Testa- 
ment Church" accepts for member- 
ship persons who were immersed by 
churches other than Baptist church- 
es. Mr. Tucher said that in receiving 
new members, his congregation 
looks at the applicant's individual 
experience with Christ and the prac- 
tice of the particular church that 
immersed the person. Baptist church 
or not. 

The constitution of the Long 
Beach-Harbor Association requires 
that "the doctrinal belief and prac- 
tices of churches shall conform to 
the article of faith usually accepted 
by the Southern Baptist Convention 
of California." 

The California Convention's con- 
stitution forbids the seating of mes- 
sengers (delegates) from churches 
that receive members who have been 
immersed by any other than a Bap- 
tist church. 


Washington, D.C. (EP) Presi 

dent Nixon "really believers there's 
a spiritual quality" to the current 
youth revolution, evangelist Billy 
Graham said at a press conference in 
the White House following the 
President's Prayer Breakfast Octo- 
ber 22. 

"I think he (Mr. Nixon) would 
think that in certain ai'eas it (the 
youth revolution) may be misdirect- 
ed, but that it is partially, at least, 
a spiritual quest that these young 
people are on," said the evangelist. 
He had addressed the breakfast 
attended by about 80 Congressmen. 

"We must find the right formula 
to give them an opportunity to ex- 
press this and to find what they are 
seeking," he added. 

Mr. Graham said he had received 
a letter the other day from a "top 
leader" of the youth movement who 
told the evangelist that "what you're 
saying is absolutely right — our prob- 
lem is a spiritual one. . . .' " 

"And I think the President would 
share the view," Mr. Graham con- 
tinued, "that part of the problem 
among young people is the spiritual 
quest and thej''re not finding" what 
they are seeking. 

The evangelist said he believed 
"our educational system has got to 
revamp and maybe restructure in a 
way that it meets thase deeper needs 
and ultimate situations," that is, 
death and life after death. 

Universities today do not answer 
the question people ask, namely, "I 
have guilt; what am I going to do 
about this sense of guilt?" Mr. 
Graham said. 

Asserting that man is not just 
mind and body but also spirit, he 
said, "We must minister in our edu- 
cational system, it seems to me, to 
the whole man." 

Asked if he thought the President 
"was an actively religious man," Mr. 
Graham replied he considers him to 
be that. 

"I don't think that a man has to 
necessarily go to church every Sun- 
day or get up and talk about God 
in every speech to be an active lay 
religious man," said Mr. Graham, 
who earlier said he met the Presi- 
dent "20 some years ago" and has 
discussed religion with him on a 
number of occasions over the vears. 

"I think that the church is w.l 
ever a group of believers gatlj 
whether it's in a storefront or in i 
room and I would call him (i 
Nixon 1 an active lay religious ma 


Cairo (EP) — Hundreds of Egjil 
ians, some devout, others j 
curious, are stiU coming daily 
the little Coptic Church of the H, 
Virgin in surburban Zeitoun hop ll 
to catch a glimpse of a vision. 

Here is where the Blessed Vir: 
is said to have appeared to a grc 
of humble parishioners on April 
1968. She was allegedly floating 
a white cloud atop one of i 
church's cupolas. 

An admission fee of 10 piasti' 
(23 cents) is charged for pilgri:| 
arriving to have a look. 


Boston (EP)— Prayer and Bil 
readings at the elementary schc 
in Leyden, Massachusetts, even or 
voluntary basis, are unconstution: 
according to a ruling by t 
Massachusetts Attorney General.j 

School officials in the small ruiij 
town on the Massachusetts- VermO'l 
border declared that Robert .] 
Quinn's decision was "incredib'e. 

In a nine-page opinion, Mr. Quii\ 
listed several U.S. Supreme Cou' 
decisions, including one which struii 
down another voluntary prayer plai 
to support his ruling. 

"Such practice is unconstitutioni 
under the First Amendment to tl^ 
U.S. Constitution," Mr. Quinn's opij 
ion stated. j 

The Leyden School Committij 
reinstituted the prayer and Bibj 
reading on a voluntary basis in tl 
Spring. At that time, the committo 
approved a motion which one of i 
members claimed "will stand tl 
test of any court if we are ch£ 
lenged by some extremist." 

The motion called for five minutf 
of prayer or Bible reading befoi 
the start of the school day. Partic 
pation in the activity was describe 
in the motion as being either "tot? 
or partial, regular or occasional, c 
not at all." 

uary 3, 1970 

Fa^e Twenty-five 



WAS THE DAY of the "Big 
tame." The site had been decided 
)n. It was to be held this yeai- in 
! "Stadium of Life" located in the 
Y called "Seculai-." The Secular 
;y "Red Devils" were host to the 
iting- "Saints" of the Christian 
urch. There was something- of a 
jciaJ nature about this year's game 
it was the last in the "world series" 
;ween the two teams. This was the 
l game! Both teams were looking 
■wai'd to this "one." 

rhe pre-game activities were some- 
;at diverse in what was going on. 
th sides of the field were filled with 
jctators — the "Devils' " cheering 
;tion on one side and the "Saints" 
the bleachers on the other. The 
mnentators were busy in the press 
X, along with the news media. This 
me was the one the world was wait- 
f for and would be watching veiy 
'sely. The sports wTiters had made 
ne predictions and would be anx- 
isly awaiting the final score. 

Before the teams went on the field 
ey gathered ai'ound their respective 
aches; the "Red Devils" ai'ound 
tan planning their game strategy 
d the "Saints" kneeling about the 
ird. Each team broke huddle and the 
me was on. This was it! 

The average fan was lost unless he 
d a program with a listing of the 
lyers and a description of them to 
How. The Secular City eleven had 

such players as "greed, hate, envy, 
jealousy, anger, etc." The roster listed 
for the "Saints" such players as 
"faith, love, goodness, godliness, 
peace, etc." These players would do 
battle for sixty minutes. The ball 
which would be "carried, passed, 
blocked, fumbled, and kicked" is the 
Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

The first half ended with the score- 
board flashing in numerical lights a 
score of 0-0. The half-time show was 
now going on. The "Devils' " band and 
performers on the field were going 
through their "thing" as orgies, "pot" 
pai-ties, diiuikenness, and other enter- 
tainment was perfomied of evei-y 
nature. The Christian Church was 
seated in the bleachers singing 
hymns, reading Scripture, and pray- 
ing. Quite a contrast! (If I say so 

Next, we find the second half draw- 
ing to a close with neither team able 
to score as of yet. A time-out is called 
by the Satan-led "Devils." They must 
reorganize their defense against the 
Church. Chi-ist spoke plainly in this 
moment, "You must have a specific 
goal, you have a choice — either play 
ball for God or mammon (man, 
Satan)." So, when time was in, the 
"Saints" who had the ball when time 
was called began moving the ball with 
force and impact. Before the clock 
ran out, they had crossed the "goal" 
line, thus, reaching the definite goal 
they had in mind which is etemitj^. 

(An interpretation of Philippians 3:13-14 related to 
present-day living and the celebration of 100 years of 

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The Brethi'en Evang-ea 

Humor Is WherJ 

It also must be funny. 

The key word in describing liumor 
has to be "funny." Another key 
word is "spontaneity" because good 
humor writing seems to roll along 
and does not appeal" forced. 

So, what's funny? Are you bom 
funny? How do you think funny? 
When is your funny bone the 
funniest ? Does humor have a place in 
Christian writing? Whence do ideas 
come ? These ai'e matters for our 
discussion here. 

Babies aren't bom with a sense of 
humor. It's developed in them as a 
reflection of those around them. 

My eai'ly recollections of humor 
center on three people: My sly 
grandfather who said funny things 
with a sober face, a twinkle in his 
eye while his shoulders laughed by 
bobbing up and down ; my father 
who said funny things when he got 
his words tangled and twisted and 
backwards; my uncle who told 
whoppers that were funny because 
they were so exaggerated. In those 
days before TV, our evening's 
entertainment was sitting on the 
back steps listening to the three 
review the happenings of the day. 
There was much goodnatured kidding 
and teasing thrown in for good 
measure, often at our expense. 

The thing I remember most about 
those times on the steps is that they 
were happy times ! That's what first 
appealed to me about humor. It 
brought happiness to people. When 

they were laughing they were not 
sad. I wanted to say funny things t 
and draw funny things to cheer 
people and make them happy. I so< 
found that in tiying to write or sa; 
something funny I was cheered in tJi 
process. This is an important fiingi 
benefit of thinking funny. j 

Knowing what's funny can only \ 
be judged by the reactions of 
someone else. Many times I have j 
stood front and center before an 
editor with the manuscript of a 
humor assignment. (Editors faces 
are always sad.) As he reads, his 
face becomes sadder. "Make us 
laugh," he says. After your third 
attempt at the assignment he 
says, "I'm laughing," and you'i'e ini 
He's laughing but your crying! 

People often ask, "How do you 
think of funny things ?" My stock 
answer is, "I cry a lot." This is not 
far-fetched as it may seem. The 
emotions of laughter and teai's are 
closely related. You've often heard 
the expression, "I laughed until I 
cried !" 

The art of being a humorist is 
not just repeating old jokes you've 
heard. It is better not to remember 
any joke you've heard to keep the • 
mind free for random thoughts of a: 
original nature. The best way to be 
spai'ked for humor is to be ai'ound 
people. Of course being ai'ound 
funny people helps even more. 

I am probably sparked more by 
being in a restaurant then any other 
place. There you hear many 

ou Find It 

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conversations going on 
simultaneously. Often there are 
many funny things in conversations 
worth noting which can be written 
on the back of dinner napkins. 
The audible inteiplay of waitresses, 
cooks, bosses and dishwashers is 
fascinating when you sit up front 
at the counter where the action is. 

Another good place for material is 
at church and Sunday school. 
Writing down observations on the 
back of the bulletin is veiy 
pemiissable because the pastor sees 
you ai-e taking notes and is pleased 
and flattered. As he talks, the 
thoughts really begin to come. 

Another wonderful place is riding 
on the commuter bus. Take any 
subject and list all the funny things 
you can think of about that item. 
Stai't several lists each on one 
subject. When the ideas stop put 
down the list and work on another 
subject. In this way the computer 
in your brain will keep feeding 
you ideas on the first subject. 
Record them immediately — ^they may 
never pass your way again. 

Don't overlook possibilities for 
humor in your title. The right title 
can set the stage and wai-m up 
your audience for the written 
perfoi-mance that follows. 

Clip interesting and funny items 
of fillers from newspapers. Later 
you may base a humor piece on a 
timely quote from one of those 
clippings. Just looking at them will 
activate vour humor glands. 

Timing is important. What time 
of day ai'e you funniest ? Do the 
ideas come faster in the morning 
or at night ? I find that first thing 
in the morning before my mind is 
cluttered I have fai* more good 
ideas and I record them rapidly. I'll 
work until the ideas stop coming 
spontaneously — ^then it's time to 
quit and work on some other ideas. 
Your thought processes continue 
and from time to time new ideas 
come to add to ideas temporai'ily 
put aside. 

You can find something funny 
almost anywhere and in eveiything 
if you watch for it. Even a funeral 
pai'lor can provide humor. As a 
young lad I was deathly afraid 
of them. Always shut my eyes while 
passing by. But my parents had a 
deal- friend who was our town's 
leading undertaker so when I started 
my professional ai't cai"eer and my 
dad was transf eiTed out of town 
the friendly undertaker took me in. 
I worked in a corner of the basement 
and watched the place in return for 
free room and boai"d. The top of a 
casket became my first drawing 
table in my eai'ly professional 

Analyze the experts 

Study a successful humorist ; 
determine the key to his ability to 
make people laugh and apply the 
same principles in your writing. 
This discipline can be very helpful. 
Many of our top humorists today 

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stai"ted out as writers. Their clever 
material made them funny. 

But you may say, "I'm not funny. 
I never say anything funny. However, 
I enjoy listening to funny people." 

You may be sui^prised to know that 
you, as you have stood on the 
sidelines, may have provoked the 
spai'k with your laughter that 
accented the humor of others making 
with the funny comments. 

Have you ever asked yourself, 
"Why am I laughing?" At the 
very next guffaw, tiy it. Analyze 
the situation. Remember what it 
was that made other people laug'h 

Also, in the course of conversation 
you may say something 
unintentionally that made someone 
laugh. Ask yourself why they 
laughed. In this way you can 
increase your humor — by 
remembering the things you have 
said or written that made someone 
laugh. How you wiite it and say it 
expresses your own individuality 
and becomes your style. 

I have studied three top 
contemporary humorists perfonning 
at television studios in Hollywood 
and each is different. 

Bob Hope is master of the fast 
paced repai'tee. He seems to pile 
one joke upon another before you 
have thought out the first one. 
Pretty soon everyone is laughing 
(even though they might not be 
laughing at the same gags) . 

.Jack Benny is master of pacing 
and holding. He talks much more 
slowly. Seldom, if ever, does he smile. 
Benny often holds at the end of a 
phrase, actually freezing in a 
position before the slightest 
movement of the head. Visually, this 
adds another laugh to the first 

Red Skelton has the spoofs of 
self and eveiybody — all tyioes. 
Skelton has the rai'e ability to make 
you laugh at one moment and cry at 
the next. Expert in dialects, he is 
artful in the pantomine, too. 

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The Three Stooges might be 
mentioned here also. Slam, bang, 
whappo comedy — funny because 
of their funny situations and the 
tremendous beatings they seem td 
unleash on themselves. Their 
discomfort becomes humorous. 
Types of humor 

1. Funny situation 
Example: A man found himself 

locked out of his cai- — called a key] 
shop for advice. "Stay right 
there," said the key man. "I'll 
come over and open the door for 
you." "Hurry," said the motorist, 
"it's stai'ting to rain . . . the top i 
down and I don't want the seat 
covers ruined!" 

2. Well known expressions 
Example: "All day, in one ear ani 

out the other," said the wonn as it 
crawled out of the com bin. 

3. Satire 

Example: "I know I've only beei 
your neighbor for 12 yeai's, but 
would you be offended if I went to 
church with you?" (Look for hidde 
barbs in satire.) 

Another example: "I want heavei 
now, while I'm alive to enjoy it !" 

4. Suiijrise ending — ^the unusu 
or unexpected twist 

Example: "I used to play the 
organ, then my monkey died." 

5. The spoof 

Example : One head said to the 
other head, "Two heads are better 
than one." The other head repliedj 
"Which one?" 

6. The D. 0. (Direct Opposite! 
Example. Sign on engraver's door 

"Keep closed or the dark will leak 

7. Exaggeration 
Example: That old house keeps 

standing only because the tei-mites 
are all holding hands to keep it up. 

8. The pun 

Example: "I like the nuns since 
they changed their habits." 

9. Play on words 
Example: "The trouble with this 

countiy is that mankind isn't, 
diehards don't and freeways aren't !' 


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10. Cute saying of children 
Example : "Up from the gravey He 


11. Dialect 

Example: "Ve get too soon ault unt 
too late schmaii;." 

12. Just plain com 

Example: "It was so cold a snake 
came out of his hole and put his 
skin back on. . . ." 

13. Incongruous 

Example: "I refuse all posthumus 

14. Poking fun at yourself 
Example : "I sold my car to pay 

for French lessons, then the 
government transferi-ed me to 

15. Double meaning- 
Example: Los Angeles' Radio 
Station KABC advertises: " Listen 
to Newswatch and be a knowbody!" 
Avoid that stilted approach 

More than any other ty\'>e, humor 
writing relies on spontaneity 
and a conversational tone. If you 
try to write funny by the rales of 
English composition you're in 

Written humor usually moves along 
at a faster clip, leaving out 
comiecting words that are readily 
imagined by the reader. A phrase 
may be incomplete but the remainder 
is understood by the reader. 

Listen to people talk. Ti-y to 
capture the conversational tone. In 
doing this you not only add to the 
smooth flow of the words but you 
bring life to your writing. 

"Word transplanting" is the 
trick.* Example: In Miss Dangleface 
Pai'ticiple's English class she would 
want it written, " 'This is the house 
in which I was bom,' said Wilfred." 

Then Wilfred graduated, became 
a humor writer and rewrote it this 
way: "I identify with this place. 
After all, a famous guy lived here — 

Perhaps you're able to tell a 
funny story but when you put it 
down on paper it isn't funny 
anymore. The solution is simple. 

Don't write it first — record it, 
then transcribe it. Your humor items 
will be much improved because you 
will have kept the infomial, 
conversational tone. 

Some pastors ai"e great preachers 
but they have their wives write out 
their sermons when someone requests 
a tyiDescript. Their own dramatics 
of deliveiy puts over their message 
but they can't prepare it editorially. 

Another way to develop infonnality 
is to pretend you ai'e wi-iting a 
letter to someone. You are probably at 
your informal best when writing to 
a close friend. And perhaps the most 
writing you have ever done is 
in letters so you've had a lot of 
practice. Selecting a humorous 
friend will provide the spark. Relate 
the incident or funny story you want 
to put over to this friend. Then go 
over your piece, do some minor 
editing and you should have a pretty 
fair, informal humor article. Go 
ahead and mail a cai'lDon copy to that 
friend. If he writes back and says 
"I laughed . . ." you're a success. 
Humor in Christian writing too? 

All writing is geared to an 
audience. A publication gears its 
writing to its subscribers. Humor 
is no exception and should be written 
with the audience in mind. 

Tasteful humor can sometimes 
be the only medium to reach someone 
somewhere — perhaps someone sad 
and lonely. It is often the first 
thing that intrigues a reader to move 
on, motivating him to his first 
contact with a church or to hear the 

A counselor asked a young- 
lady how she happened to attend a 
youth meeting where she found 
Christ. "I found this clever 
invitation on the bus and it sounded 
interesting," she said. In her hand 
was something I had written the 
week before. 

Humor communicates to young 
people and is used successfully much 
more today than ever. It motivates 
young people to act, hear-, listen, tune 

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in and attend and thereby came 
under the sound of the Gospel. It will 
help them to think positively about 
problems and chai'acter traits, 
causing them to make correct 
decisions. Hum.or should never be 
used to supplant the Scriptures. 
God's holy Word, on the other hand, 
can be a wonderful basis for a 
humorous spark . . . especially the 
Book of Proverbs where every 
verse carries a single punch of 
practical truth. 

In writing for young people, try 
to speak the language of youth 
and you will communicate. You 
must constantly listen to the talk. 
It's constantly changing and the 
vocabulai"y of the different ages is 
vastly different. 

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Stop, look and listen. Humor is 
everywhere ! 

*Word Transplant means borrowing 
"heart" of someone's conversation 
"transplanting" it into your own writi | 

The refreshing humor of Roy Wolfe 
been featured in religious and sec 
magazines and books both in America 
abroad. For 11 yeairs his humorous 
tures and cartoons were enjoyed 
readers of The Portland Oregor 
Currently, and for the past four yt 
Wolfe has been on the cartoon staf 
the Seattle Times. "My wife was wai 
not to marry me as I would never g 
up," he says. "However, maturity, ; 
ideas, have arrived with each of our J 
chUdren, four horses, 40 guinea pigs 
rabbits. ..." 

Determined Mennoni+e Students 
raise $110,000 in three days 
during Cannpus Crisis — 


NINE HUNDRED academic Gideons broke their 
lamps and blew their trumpets this week at East- 
em Mennonite College then watched awestruck as a 
"miracle" unfolded. 

It happened at Harrisonburg, Virginia where the 52- 
year-old denominational school found itself short of 
a $100,000 goal to build a new library. The board of 
directors decided the money, called a "matching fund," 
had to be in before a grant of $400,000 from the U.S. 
Department of Health, Education and Welfare could be 
accepted and the building project begun. 

The students were told in their December 4 chapel 
that the $100,000 had not been received therefore the 
library project would have to be postponed. Only three 
days remained to meet the deadline. 

Students at EMC, the fire in their blood suddenly ig- 
nited, decided to confront the impossibility. A student 
meeting was called. A goal of $10,000 was set. Two more 
hours of discussion pushed the goal up to $20,000 . . . 
then $50,000 until finally came the battle cry: "With 
God's help we will go for the full amount!" 

"Letters and phone calls began flying homeward," 

Bruce Yoder, a junior, told EP News Service. "1 
community responded to the challenge too. There 1 
been some estrangement among certain elements in 
city but all this was swept away in the drive towa 
victory." i 

A campus bell, loaned by a physics professor yejj 
ago, rang every time another $1,000 was received I 
the project. The student body of the University of \ 
ginia asked its directors for permission to contribi 
$40,000 out of their campus coffers to help in the pn 
ect of the Mennonites. 

By Monday morning, December 8, $54,000 cash was 
hand. And by 2 a.m. Tuesday morning a total of $110,( 
was in hand — raised by students, faculty and frier 
toward the new $1.5 mUlion library. 

The bell will be displayed in the new library as "T 
Unity Bell," and the story will be told many times i 
succeeding generations. 

A lot happened in those three days in December. Th' 
will be long remembered as the time when dlfferenc 
were forgotten, when spirits were united, and when G 
ran interference for students who dared to believe. 

uary 3, 19T0 

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^ committee was formed from the Board of Trustees 
i the church to study the future of the Ashland Theo- 
:ical Seminary. A tremendous amount of time and 
idy was put in by many members of the Board and 

the Brethren Church for the development of the 
minary, and with many opinions being presented 
a even being told that a small denomination such as 
rs would find it infeasible to continue such a semin- 
,' program, it was decided to proceed with a develop- 
?nt program of the Seminary. 
Although the basics for such a school were present 

small numbers at the time, those basics being 
;ulty, students, library and facilities, much had to be 
asidered if the development program was to succeed. 
From information provided to this writer by Dr. 
seph R. Shultz, Dean of the Seminary, it was revealed 
it one of the greatest obstacles to surmount was to 
^e a library collection (housed in a garage), of approx- 
ately six thousand books and build it into a theolo- 
;al library with a minimum of thirty thousand books, 
th all the various pieces of equipment, etc. Because 

the work and time involved, this seemed to be an 
ipossible task. 

At General Conference in Ashland, Ohio, Friday 
n., August 18, 1961, The National Laymen's Organiz- 
ion after being informed of the development program 
r the Seminary and the need for these books, pre- 
nted a project to be undertaken by the organization 

provide $30,000 to buy Seminary Library books. This 
oject not to exceed 10 years. 

Although there were heard and felt many dishearten- 
g and disgruntled murmurings throughout the de- 
>mination pertaining to this project, it is this writer's 
)inion that the impact made upon certain phases of 
e development of The Ashland Theological Seminary 

its present status be made known. This impact re- 
llting from the Book Project. 

Perhaps this can best be made known by presenting 
■rbatim excerpts of a letter to this writer from Dr. 
lultz: "Therefore, a library, which at the beginning, 

1964, was worth approximately ten thousand dollars 


is now worth four hundred thousand dollars, including 
building and equipment. Now, the significant thing to 
remember and to relate to all men is that it was the 
impetus of the Laymen's $30,000 project which made 
this possible. In other words, it was their commitment 
which made us willing to go ahead with this tremendous 
task. We went ahead upon the basis of faith that if the 
men were willing to commit themselves to this project, 
certainly the rest of it could be completed one way or 
another. It was at the beginning of the Development 
Program when this impetus and commitment were so 
desperately needed. The Laymen at that time said, 'We 
are behind you,' and we took heart and proceeded. May 
the men never forget that it was through their faith- 
fulness in giving that the program got off the ground 
in the first place. . . . The total Seminary Development 
program had its foundation stone upon the commitment 
of the Laymen. Through their faith and courage, we 
proceeded and have received the blessing of God 
Almighty. . . . Please convey our thanks to the Laymen 
for this wonderful project which they are about to 

Although the expectations of the Feast of the Ingath- 
ering at the 1969 General Conference were not fulfilled 
it can be reported that the project is now completed or 
within a few hundred dollars of being completed. 

I would also like to report that the speaker at the 
Feast of the Ingathering session of the 1969 Conference, 
Dr. Albert T. Ronk, enlightened the few laymen present 
on what this book project hais done for the Seminary 

This writer would like to conclude with the remarks 
that although this project was undertaken by the action 
of the delegates present at the 1961 sessions of The 
National Laymen's Organization at General Conference 
held at Ashland, Ohio, it could not have come to a 
successful attainment without the support of the laity 
throughout the various districts and locals in the de- 
nomination. I, personally would like to express my 
deepest appreciation to all the laymen in the Brethren 
Church who went along with this sorely needed pro- 
gram and saw it through to its conclusion. 

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Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial: "Views On God" 3 

Sisterhood Program Materials for February ... 4 
Signal Lights Program Materials for February . 7 
"1969 — Doorway into Man's New Realm — 

Religion in Review" 9 

The Brethren Laymen 12 

"Are You Leaving a Tranquility Trail?" 

by Rochunga Pudaite 14 

A New Church at Ardmore, Indiana 16 

The Missionary Board 18 

"Let Go and Let God" 
by Stephen D. Swihart 21 

The Board of Christian Education 22 

"The Fellowship of the Holy Spirit" 
by Rev. G. H. Jones 25 

World Religious News in Review 27 

Church Reports 30 

"Drugs" 31 




^ Rev. and Mrs. William Walk of Gra 
Ohio, upon the birth of a boy on Saturd 
January 10, 1970. He weig-hed in at ed'f 
pounds and four ounces. He has been nan 
Steven Dwayne. 

Rev. Walk is the pastor of the First Bre^l 
ren Church of Gratis, Ohio. He gradual! 
from the Ashland Theological Seminai-y 1,; 


AV/E URGE you to continue to rememt 
*» Rev. M. Virg-il Ligraham as he conti 
ues his tour of the new India missions. He 1 
on January 2, 1970, and will return on F(' 
uary 6. 

Rev. Ingraham is the General Secretary 
the Missionai-y Boai'd of the Brethren Chur 
and has gone to India to assist in the esti 
lishment of the new mission at Ra.iahmund 
where the Kumars will be stationed. 

In order to help you in your prayers f 
Rev. Ingraham, the following schedule 
given : 

January 16-27 — India 

Januai-y 27-30 — Zurich 

January 31 - Februaiy 2 — Copenhagf 

Februai-y 2-4 — Pai'is 

February 4-6 — London 

February 6 — home 
Rev. Ingraham will be visiting variot 
mission points and organizations during tl 
length of this trip. 

Pray that God will bless him on this jou 
ney, and also that He wrill direct him 
decisions that need to be made. ' 

uary 17, 1970 

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UeKtCe RE 


Vmv^ Qn §nd 

The following- was found in the EP News 
mce : 

"Young people today studying for the Christian 
nistry have a wide divergence of opinion con- 
■ning the nature of God, according to Louis 
ainger who sui-veyed representative students in 
nerican theological seminaries for the Christian 
ience Monitor Newspaper. 

" 'I am more concerned with the punwse of 
>d than with the nature of God,' a young woman 
Dm Hai-vard Divinity School asserted. For a 
adent in Atlanta it was 'hard to talk about God 
■art from His Son. God is a constant companion, 
have a very personalistic concept of God. We 
,ve a little thing going, a very meaningful 

"All in all, Garinger discovered in his suivey 
at the old anthropomoiphic notion of Deity is 
icredibly naive.' 

"Views of God ranged from 'Father' to abstract 

"A black student said, 'Only in the life of Jesus 
iirist do we really get to know who God is.' Said 

another, 'I would view God through Christ. The 
goal is making men whole.' 

"Not one of the students surveyed offered the 
opinion that God is dead." 

Recently I heard a minister define God in ab- 
stract tenns. He also defined "religion" in tenns 
that seemed to be from someone who did not know 
what Christianity really meant. To know God is 
to know definite tei-ms about Him. To be ab- 
stract in knowing God means that the individual 
has never really met God on a personal basis. We 
Christians need to be more personal in our relation- 
ship with God; we need to walk with Him and to 
take Him into our confidence in all avenues of life. 

If ministers do not have this personal relation- 
ship with God, how can they relate it to others? 
It's no wonder that everything except the Gospel 
comes from our pulpits today. If a man does not 
know God, personally, then he has no business in 
the pulpit trying to explain Him to others ! 

You can only know God when you have a defin- 
ite personal relationship with Him. We nnist be 
like the student who said, "we have a little thing 
going, a very meaningful relationship." 

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The Brethren Evang :,{ 

Call to Worship 
Song: Service 
Circle of Prayer 

Bible Studies: 

Senior: What does the Bible say about 
Junior: "Knowing Your Bible" 

Devotional Program for Februa] 

Discussion Questions: 

Seniors: Discussion over chosen book 

Special Music 

. "You" 


"Spirit of Sisterhood" 

S.M.M. Benediction 




TN THE LAST FEW MONTHS we have been thinking 
of the Bible as a complete book with one story theme 
from Genesis through Revelation. We have said that 
the Bible tells us of the plan of God to send Jesus Christ 
into the world. God knew that we were all falling into 
sin, and He loved us so much He made it possible for 
us to avoid the punishment. This would undoubtedly be 
"Good News" to our ears, and He wanted us to know He 
had made this plan. Now, if you want to communicate 
with someone you have to figure out a way to reach 
them. Sometimes we use the telephone or write letters 
or meet them somewhere to talk. Well, God decided 
the best way to reach us was by sending Jesus to tell 
us this Good News, and then He gave us the Bible so 
we would have a guidebook to follow. 

In this guidebook He told us not only about this plan 
to save us but also how we could live better and more 
enjoyable lives by following His directions. When you 
stop to think of it. He has given us so much, and yet He 
asks so little of us in return. He does however give us 
some responsibilities that He asks us to complete. At 
home you may have certain jobs you are asked to do 
to carry the responsibility of the family, at school you 
may have taisks you are to complete within the class- 
room to keep the room neat and the class running 
smoothly. As Christians we also have responsibilities 
we must carry out so that we do God's will completely. 
God has asked us to believe His Word, live lives that 

will glorify Him and share the Good News we have w i 
others. If we don't follow through on this responsibiJi 
then there will be many lives lost from heaven: peo' 
who have to suffer punishment because we didn't '\ 
them about God's plan to save them. 

Read Acts 23:12-22. Here we find the story of a you 
boy who carried through on the responsibUity he i 
for his famUy members. ; 

Paul had been teaching in the Temple and telli ' 
the Jews that Jesus was the long awaited Messi.' 
Many of the Jews were angered that Paul would tec! 
such a thing which they considered to be against 1 
Laws of Moses, and they were irate to the point 
dragging him out of the Temple. The violence of 1 
crowd then drew the attention of the Roman soldie 
and they arrested Paul. Following this he asked 
speak to the crowd, and he told them of his conversi 
and of his belief in the man and Son of God, Jes 
Christ. Some who were listening undoubtedly believe 
what he was saying, but others were so enraged tl' 
they threatened his life. 

Paul was then imprisoned, but the Roman commai 
ers were not really sure of the charges against Paul 
they took him before the Council or what you mig 
consider the Supreme Court of the Jewish people, a 
again Paul told them his story and of his faith 
Jesus Christ. Again he caused such an uproar that t ) 
soldiers had to take him away out of the angry m 

uary 17, 1970 

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return him to the fort where he was being held 

'oUowing this there were about 40 men who planned 
cheme whereby they would be rid of Paul once and 
all. They vowed that they would neither eat nor 
ik untU they had killed Paul. The plan was to have 
il returned to the Council for more questions and 
n kill him on his way. 

'his evil plan may have worked except for the alert- 
s of one boy who was wiUing to take the responsi- 
ty to save Paul's life. We don't know much about this 
• but the 16th verse of Acts 23 tells us he was Paul's 
)hew. We have no way of knowing how he 
nd out about this plot, possibly he was hanging 
amd during the council meeting and overheard some 
the conversation in the back of the room, or maybe 
ne of his friends had heard this information and 
:1 him. At any rate, when he learned that there was a 
t to kill his uncle he didn't ignore it and he didn't 
' well what could I do about it. He acted immediately 
i took the responsibility that was his. I would imagine 
was both scared and excited when he went to the 
son or fort where they were keeping Paul and asked 
see his uncle. Once he was inside and had told Paul 
this plot they sent him on to tell the commander 
lat he had heard. I imagine he was even more scared 
len he had to speak to the commander of the prison, 
t he spoke out and told him also of this plot. The 
nmander then sent him away and told him not to 
1 anyone else that he had been there. He now had a 
iv responsibility — so that a new plan could be devised 
d the plot spoiled, it was important that he not tell 
yone what had just happened. 

This young boy, possibly no older than many of you, 
acted wisely. He knew what had to be done and he did 
it. How many times do you have responsibilities that 
you are asked to carry? Do you always fulfill them to 
the best of your ability? How about you. Sisterhood 
officers? Have you been doing the best job you could 
be? Each member, when you are asked to participate 
do you do your best, or are you the one they can never 
count on because even though you say you'll be there 
you never make it or you forget what you are supposed 
to do. Ephesians 4:lb-2 tells us, ". . . live a life that 
measures up to the standard God set when he called you. 
B? humble, gentle, and patient always. Show your love 
by being helpful to one another" (Good News for Mod- 
ern Man». 

Ephesians 5:10 says. "Try to learn what pleases the 
Lord." This is the first thing we must always do. Pray 
often and take time to listen so we know what the Lord 
wants us to be doing. He may have a very special job for 
you to do. Read your Bible expecting to find out what 
he wants from you. If you don't know where to begin 
I would suggest the book of John if you want to know 
more about this Good News we have to share. Or I 
would suggest Ephesians if you want to know more 
about how you should live as a Christian. Paul is telling 
the peopls of Ephesus how their lives should be lived 
as new Christians. Whatever you read remember to keep 
your pen handy and underline those portions that jump 
out at you or mean something to you as you read. 

Always be alert as Paul's nephew was to the respon- 
sibilities that may be yours and do your best to fulfill 
them. God will show you what he wants from you if you 
will just listen. "In all thy ways acknowledge him and 
he shall direct thy paths" (Prov. 3:6). 



^hat does the Bible say aboui . . . 


^ERE WE ARE now at the 
beg-inning- of a whole new 
?cacle — the 70's. Just what are you 
anning to do during these next 
in years? And, even before yet! 
i?wer that question, how about 
iswering this one — what do you 
link God wants you to do during' 
16 next ten years ? 

Do you reaUze that God expects 
something of you now — not 
tomorrow, but today ! It won't be 
enough just to sit down and protest 
at the terrilale ways the 
"estabhshment" has dealt with the 
world's problems. It is time now 
for you to do something about tl'iem. 
according to God's plan. 

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Just because you are young is no 
reason for not "doing." (And you 
oidei' people who may be I'eading 
this article, let's not forget this fact 
cither. How about letting more of 
the young people have an active part 
i7i the work of your local church ?) 
Don't tell yourself that you can wait 
until you are married and "settled 
down" (whatever that might mean!) 
before you begin to actively "do 
something" for the Lord and His 
work. "Even a child is known by his 
doings, whether his work be pure, 
and whether it be right" (Prov. 

Does your "talk" with your own 
group sound "with it" to the crowd 
but against God's way? Do you use 
your tongue in "telling tales" as 
well ? And do you remember that 
even though you may be away from 
the ears of parents, you are never 
away from the ears of God? Do you 
use your words to encourage others, 
or to discourage? 

What do others see when they 
look at you ? Are you showing in 
your lives a Godlike love for those 
around you ? God expects you to 
show the world that you belong to 
Him. He also expects you to love and 
pray for others, to love the church 
and be faithful to it. How about 
making a real effort during this 
decade to show patience, enthusiasm, 
forgiveness and courage. You will 
be happily suiiDrised at how good you 
will feel, for you will be doing 

what you know God wants you 
to do. 

One wonderful way to strengthen 
our lives is in daily reading of the 
Bible. You can't believe something 
sincerely unless you are informed 
about it, and this can only come 
with reading God's Word. Have 
you tried reading "Good News for 
Modem Man," or The Amplified New 
Testament? There are many other 
modern ways of learning old truths. 
If you ran across a section that 
puzzles you, you may find the 
solution by reading it in as many 
different versions or translations as 
you can find. God expects you to 
study — and you know from your 
schoolwork just what that term 
implies ! God expects you to obey 
Him, no matter what He asks. 

Faith in God and in His Son Jesus 
Christ is the very foundation of the 
Christian life. And God expects this 
faith to be a personal one, not just 
something that has been passed down 
in the family for generations — or 
borrowed fi'om a close friend ! 

I would like to close this month's 
writing with a poem recently written 
by my son. a 15-yeai'-old high 
school sophomore. 

Believe In Christ Forever 

When they put you down 

'Cause you're all for Christ, 

Don't you despair. 

Their minds ai'e bare 

With nothing to believe about, 

So believe in Christ forever. 

They say that His father has died 
And He himself was just a man, 
But you and I know that's not 

'Cause it's all wrong! 
It really matters much to me — 
Believe in Christ forever! 

Jon Lindstrom 

luary 17, 1970 

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Vh.v don't you make a note of 
ngs you would like to accomijlish 
•ing the next ten years, with God's 
p. Keep the list handy for 
erence during that time, and 
•n in 1980, take the list and check 

off all the items actually 
accomplished. To paraphrase again, 
you can do all things through Christ 
who strengtheneth you! Don't be 
afraid to try — ^miracles ai'e all 
around us ! 

Signal Lights Program for February 
Prepared by Mrs. Alberta Holsinger 



iging Time: 

'Praise Him, Praise Him" 
'I Will" (verse li 
'Children Can Help" 
'Flower Song" 

(from Beginners Sing) 

3le Tlienie: 
Tlie Boy Cliosen to be a King 

'Jesse," said Samuel, "God has 

It me to see your sons." 

'You are welcome in our home," 

d Jesse. Then he called his sons. 

51owly they walked before Samuel. 

ch time Samuel shook his head. 

b, this is not the one," he said. 

A''hen seven had passed before 

n Samuel said, "No, the Lord has 

t chosen any of these. Have you 

ler sons?" 

'Just one," answered Jesse. "David 

r youngest son takes care of the 


'Send for him, please," asked 


NTo one knew God had sent Samuel 

find a new king — one to rule the 

untry after King Saul. 

Jesse knew Samuel was a man of 

•d, so he sent one of his sons to 

d David. 

David was with the sheep in the 

Id. He saw his brother running 

vard him. David waved and called, 


rhe brother waved. Soon he stood 

3ide David, but he was out of 

eath from running. He breathed 

ickly. Then he said, "You — are — 

to go — to — the — h o u s e . Father — 
wants you. The prophet — Samuel is 

"What about the sheep?" asked 

"I'll stay with them." replied his 

Off David ran. What could father 
want he wondered? Why had the 
prophet Samuel come? 

When David entered the house, 
Samuel heard God say to him, 
"Anoint David. This is the one." 

Samuel walked to David. He 
poured sweet smelling oil on his 
head. He prayed for David. 

Jesse and his sons knew David 
had been chosen to serve God in a 
very special way. They did not know 
that one day he would be king. 

Not even David knew this. He 
went back to the sheep in the field. 
As he watched them he wrote lovely 
songs of praise to God. He wrote: 

"I will praise thee, O Lord, with 
my whole heart ; I will show forth all 
thy marvellous works. I will be glad 
and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise 
to thy name, O thou most High" 
(Psalm 9:1-2). 

"Teach me to do thy will; for thou 
art my God: thy spirit is good; lead 
me into the land of uprightness" 
(Psalm 143:10). 

Even today people read and sing 
the songs of David when they wor- 
ship God — David the shepherd boy 
who later became king. 

—Based on I Samuel 16:1-13 

(Note to Patroness: Small dolls 
dressed in Bible costumes and toy 
sheep will help you to tell the story. 
Move the figures to follow the action 
of the story. Later the children will 
enjoy playing with the figures to re- 
tell the story to the group.) 

Memory Time: 

Psalm 143:10 

Who would like to say one of our 
memory verses for us? (Call on all 
volunteers. ) 

Today's verse is written on this 
paper I'm giving you. It's part of 
one of the songs David wrote. (If 
you have a young group you may 
wish to use just the first part of the 
verse.) I'll read it for you. (Then 
practice reading and saying the 
verse together.) 

I wonder how many of you will 
know this verse at our next meet- 

Handworit Time: 

Cross of Liglit Motto 

For each child you will need two 
strips of red fluorescent tape one 
inch wide. One piece should be five 
inches long; the other one, three and 
three-fourth inches. You will also 
need a half sheet of colored con- 
struction paper, a small piece of 
string, Scotch tape and a pencU, 
crayon or marking pencil. 

Have the children remove the 
backing from the longer piece of 
tape and place it lengthwise in the 

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center of the paper starting about 
an inch from the top. Remove the 
backing from the second piece of 
tape and place it across the first 
piece to form a cross. Below the 
cross write: Teach me to do Thy 

Fasten the string with the Scotch 
tape to the back of the motto for 

Have the children take the motto 
home as a reminder to learn our 
memory verses. 

Mission Time: 

Wliat's Your Name? 

What is your whole name? You 
have a first name, a second name 
and a last name. Your last name is 
your family name. Everyone in your 
family has the same last name. 

If you had been born in India you 
would say your name differently. 
Your family name would be first. 

Suppose your name is William 
Robert Smith. Suppose you are 
Indian. Then you would be Smith 
William Robert. Say your real name 
the way it would be said in India. 

Not only would you say it differ- 
ently, you would write it differently. 
Instead of writing Smith William 
Robert, you would write S. William 
Robert. Even your mail would be 
addressed that way — not Mr. 
William Robert Smith, but S. Wil- 
liam Robert. 

Did you meet Rev. and Mrs. Kad- 
miel when they were in your 

His name is Kadmiel Prasantha 
Kumar. Which is his family name? 
(Kadmiel I Which is his first name? 
( Prasantha I Which is his second 
name? (Kumar) Can you figure out 
how he writes his name? (K. Pra- 
;:,antha Kumar) 

AU Indian names have meaning. 
Prasantha means peace and Kumar 
means son or prince. 

Mrs. Kadmiel's name is Nirmala. 
It means pure. When an Indian 
woman marries she takes her hus- 
band's family name and first name. 
Mrs. Kadmiel's name is Kadmiel 
Nirm.ala Prasantha. 

Did you see the Kadmiel's baby? 
Isn't she cuddly and sweet? Her 
name is Kadmiel Shanthi Shalini. 
Shanthi is a girl's name meaning 
peace. Her parents are hopeful she 
will be a peacemaker. She wiU al- 
ways be known as Shanthi, but when 
she grows up and gets married the 
rest of her name will change. She 

will take her husband's family r 
and his first name will become 
second name. 

Shanthi was born in Ashland, 
so she is an American citizen 
as you are. She isn't living in 
United States now. She has gor 
India with her parents. They are 
first missionaries in that counti 

Prav for them often. 

Prayer Time: 

Let us thank God for Rev. h 
Mrs. Kadmiel and Shanthi. 

Let us ask Him to guide ther i 
they help the boys and girls of Ir i 
Let us ask Him to protect and : 
for Shanthi. 

Business Time: 

1. Signal Lights' motto. 

2. Roll call. 

3. Offering. 

4. Complete plans to visit a n 
ing home. 

5. Write a letter to the Kadm 
Thank them for being 
missionaries to India. Tell tl 
how you plan to help with 
Indian mission work. 

Address your letter to: 
Rev. K. Prasantha Ku! 
P.O. Box 64 
Andhra Pradesh 

Sig:nal Lights' Benediction: 

Dear Savior, help us to be Sig 
Lights shinning for Thee in 
dark places of the world. Ameri 


San Francisco (EP) — A religious 
system called the Albigensian Faith 
is flourishing here, offering ordina- 
tion at $15 each, no questions asked. 

The system began in southern 
France during the 14th Century and 
historians considered it extinct since 
the bloody crusades and cruel inqui- 

But the Albigensian Faith hai sur- 
faced as a California association, 
meeting the public through a pair of 

postal boxes on the San Francisco 

Tenets of the religion promise 
balm for the aged . . . forgiveness 
from taxation, and salvation from 
the Selective Service System. 

Advertisements in uncounted col- 
lege newspapers in the United 
States promise 4-D draft classifica- 
tion (exemption) "if you work, lead 
your church as required by law." 

"Is this a put-on?" a bewildered 
Minnesota student inquired of a St. 
Paul newspaper's Action Line after 
reading the Albigensians' ad in his 
U. of Minnesota newspaper. 

"No," replied the Post-Dispa 
after an unsuccessful attempt 
locate the men involved, "they pi 
ably sincerely want your $15." 

For $15 mailed to Box 628, H 
wood City, or Box 460, Menlo Pa 
the would-be minister receives 
most instant ordination, a gilt-ed; 
certificate and an orange wa 
card, plus three memoranda sh 
on liturgy and long on legal matte 

Some 1,000 people have been tl 
"ordained" and the Internal Rever 
Service, which granted tax-exer 
tion to the organization, can f: 
nothing legally wrong. 

lary 17, 1970 

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69 -Doorway into man's new realm 

Religion in Review 


HE OPPORTUNITIES of 1969~seized or neglected 

— have cast their long shadow into history and 


lis was the year science gave man the realm of the 

n while on earth the tides of religious impact 

fed at an increasingly reluctant societj'. 

le high crest of the early fifties which had swept 

rd numbers of people into the churches became a 

:wash in 1969 dragging many of them out again. 

mty per cent of adult Americans believe<i religion 

losing its influence on society. 

te sweaty Christianity of street protests for civil 
ts receded somewhat in 1969, turning stronger and 
nger against U.S. involvement in the Viet Nam 
. Minorities controlled large movements and secured 
g share of attention. James Forman of the National 
k Economic De\'elopment Conference struck a blow 
vhite churchmen from which they never fuUy re- 
Ted, demanding $500 million in "reparations" for 

sins of white Christians against blacks. Most de- 
inations ignored him, but Forman did get at least 
,000 for his conference. 

lis was a year in which almost everyone seemed to 
spending his energies on something that was not 

main business. Protestant clergymen raided the 
::es of drcift boards or harbored AWOL soldiers; 
lolic priests were preoccupied with thoughts of 
riage; the theatre and movies gave billing to inter- 

racial love, homosexuality and nudity; civilians argued 
and advised on the strategy of war. 

The population of the world in 1969 grew by about 
2.2 persons per second, 132 per minute, 190,000 per day 
and more than 1.3 million a week. On July 1 the world's 
population reached 3,551 billion persons. The first 
billion mark had been reached about 1800. The two 
billion milestone had been passed about 1930. World 
population is expected to pass the four billion mark by 

In this burgeoning society of 1969 fertile minds pro- 
vided an array of innovations: A tool to compress re- 
corded speech cut listening time in half, designed "for 
wide application in Christian education"; Presbyterians 
introduced the audio-visual sermon; the British Parlia- 
ment, disturbed by the "industrial disruption" of Christ- 
mas, advocated a fixed Sunday rather than the tradi- 
tional December 25; biologists, successful in their 
attempts to remake a frog, began looking with confi- 
dence to the day when they can overhaul a human being 
and give him a more desirable heredity; industry built 
"Clyde the Claw" as a forerunner to machines that will 
one day assume all of man's boring, dull labor; 
Episcopalians introduced the "environmental eucharist" 
and a Canadian Unitarian composed a new prayer for 
the Manitoba Legislature which begins, "To whom it 
may concern. . . ." 

Scientists increasingly struggled with the problem of 

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when a person is officially dead and the American 
Medical Association forsaw "psychological horrors" if 
the transplanting of human organs continues. Civil 
engineers have begun building planned communities 
where one Scinctuary serves the needs of all religions. 

The year saw a Quaker enter the White House and 
establish ecumenical worship services. A year in the 
Presidency made Richard Nixon "a more prayerful man 
and deepened his sense of dependence on God," Evangel- 
ist Billy Graham said. 

Famed atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair was defeated 
in her first try to prohibit prayers and Bible reading 
by U.S. Astronauts from being broadcast around the 
world but she vowed to fight harder. 

California survived the prediction of mystics that in 
April the state would be split from the nation and slide 
into the sea. Other headline grabbers for 1969: One out 
of every 50 Americans became a victim of crime; 30,000 
in the Orange Bowl supported the teenagers' crusade 
for decency in entertainment; Southern Baptist youth 
were told that the U.S. is no longer religion-oriented — 
not even in the so-called Bible Belt; biological warfare 
pursuits were officially abandoned by the President; 
churches were urged to spur road safety; 64 per cent 
of U.S. adults drank alcoholic beverages; a New York 
psychologist said people are turning away from belief 
in God because childhoods are happier and death has 
lost its sting. 

Roving Episcopal priest Malcolm Boyd stressed that 
with the death of the autocratic society a whole new 
style of life is emerging, banishing tradition and usher- 
ing in "Christian imaginaton." 

An assortment of mini-religions characterized the 
American scene, a New York publisher declared. A 
clergyman in Minnesota was applauded when he said 
the drinking age of 21 was totally unrealistic for today's 
sophisticated youth. 

Non-profit religious institutions reeled under a threat 
instituted by Frederick Walz of New York whose case 
against tax exemption for church and synagogue prop- 
erty was accepted by the Supreme Court. 

The doomsday clock of the Bulletin of the Atomic 
Scientists, whose hands had stood at seven minutes until 
"doomsday," were moved back when the U.S. Senate 
ratified the nuclear nonproliferation treaty. The clock 
now shows 10 minutes to go. 


U.S. Churches owned $102 billion worth of real estate, 
but a United Presbyterian education specialist predicted 
in 1969 that the organizational structures of the 
churches aren't going to make it to the end of the 
century. However, long-range prospects for Judeo- 
Christianity are good, he allowed. 

In the current slough, major Protestant denomina- 
tions and the National Council of Churches suffered 
major funds cutbacks and liberal tlieologians admitted 
the need of something beyond social justice. "When 
you come right down to where the rubber meets the 
road, the evangelical who loves Jesus is the only one 
who will stick in the inner-city turbulence," a ghetto 
minister flatly declared. 

Jargon — a sort of insiders' language — was seen to be 
flourishing among ministers, theologians and laymen 
attempting to speak out to the worid. A Pennsylvania 
representative offered a bill that would provide collec- 

tive bargaining for workers in churches and chaiLl 
organizations and a new welfare plan offered by |e 
dent Nixon was seen as creating an opportunii 1 1 
churches once again to care for the needy. 1 

Th United Missionary Church and the Missifa 
Church Association merged to form The Missija 
Church. The General Synod of the Reformed Chu ji 
America adopted a "Plan for Understanding" ij 
could result in the eventual dissolution of the h: , 
church. Canadian Presbyterians recorded a memb> l 
drop and the Regular Baptist Association quit the t 
national Council of Christian Churches led by ] n 
mentalist Carl Mclntire. 

Although applicants to some seminaries ha\ 
creased it was the general feeling in 1969 that for ..i 
students the church was the last place they wanii 
carry out their ministries. 


The appointment of a Southern Baptist theologi 
Roman Cathohcs to teach in Rome indicates the ' 
leaps ecumenicity made in 1969. The year also 
nuns teaching in a Cincinnati Episcopal Sunday si 
British pastors swapping pulpits, the half-centUi 
Association Church Press conducting a joint conve 
with the Catholic Press Association, and a Presbyt 
related university and two Catholic colleges in i 
moving closer toward formal merger. 

At year's end the Catholic Biblical Association 
co-sponsor of National Bible Week with the Ame 
Bible Society. Six top U.S. Protestant leaders werf 
comed as "my dear brothers in Christ" by Pope Pa 
in the Vatican. And Roman Catholics joined the e 
tive staff of the National Council of Churches. 

The president of the American Jewish Congress 
dieted a new and historic era of understanding aii 
operation between Jews and Christians too as 
boundaries fell and communication lines were i 

The bitterest ecumenical disappointment in B! 
came with the voting down of the anticipated Angj 
Methodist merger. Evangelicals had opposed it, how 
because of the proposed "Service of Reconciliatior 

About the time Catholics and Protestants I 
fighting over civil liberties in Northern Ireland Cari 
Cushing in Boston granted his official approvj 
Today's English Version of The New Testaments 
lished by the American Bible Society. And in '\ 
America evangelicals praised Catholic renewal 
called on their brothers to show "understanding 
Christian brotherhood" toward the Catholic Churci 


The thrust of religion was felt in the classroom, 
and there local school boards defied the U.S. Supl 
Court decree banning Bible reading and prayer in S' 
but the court usually ignored them. A congres: 
inserted a child's prayer in the Congressional R( 
each day so school officials in his Indiana district < 
read it legally on the premises; a New Jersey g 
arranged for public school prayer before classes ofl 
ly began. Other groups carried out the letter of the 
evidenced in a New Hampshire suit challenging 
right of Gideons to place Bibles in public schools. 

Americans United for the Separation of Church 
State found itself advocating Federal aid to schoc 
impacted areas when parochial schools closed oM 

uary 17, 1970 

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k their quota. More and more private and parochial 
ools were closed in 1969. Catholic elementary and 
andary schools shifted 60,000 students on the public 
tem in a move that would cost U.S. taxpayers an 
mated $32,000,000. 

n keeping with the drift toward secularization 
umbia University, believing that "a university should 

offer official sponsorship or funding for denomin- 
mal activities," dissolved its 112-year-old chaplaincy 

'he hottest school issue of the year revolved around 

education in elementary schools prepared by 

;CUS (Sex Information and Education Council to 

United States i. Irate parents rose up in strength to 
lose literal drawings and words designed to portray 

reproductive process of humans for youngsters in 
de school. 


'he long arm of missions reached farther and farther 
und the globe, making an historic first encounter 
h savage Mayoruna Indians of Peru . . . progressing 
mriver to contact a new group of Ecuador's vicious 
:a Indians . . . raining the message from the skies 
ough radio . . . and scattering the gospel seed in a 
:zard of literature. 

Lt least a dozen missionaries were slain by the people 
y came to bless. In other countries scores were 
/en out. Ten were deported by the National Parlia- 
nt of India; an EpiscopaHan couple in Guyana were 
hdrawn from a hostile environment; approximately 
)0 members of the Jehovah's Witnesses lost their 
nes as they fled a Zambia purge; the revival in 
onesia moved quietly aliead and in many wholesome 
itegy moves all over the globe national Christians 
laced missionaries in leadership posts. 


I poll of evangelical editors voted as the top 1969 
vs story the late-summer U.S. Congress on Evangel- 
1 at Minneapolis. The six-day congress gave evangel- 
lism a new birth of freedom and unity in America 
nearly 5,000 delegates from 95 denominations in 50 
tes gathered for the effort which grew out of the 
■6 World Congress on Evangelism in Berlin, 
^our major BiUy Graham crusades were staged in 
w Zealand, Australia, New York City and Southern 
lifornia at Anaheim. Myron Augsburger introduced 
' new TV evangelism series "Breakthrough"; John 
ggai opened Evangelism International's new training 
Iter at Arosa, Switzerland following his large-scale 
etings in Indonesia. 

rhe year 1969 found the long-planned-for "Crusade of 
■ Americas" involving 24 million Baptists in 32 
mtries of North, Central and South America, half 
;r. Evangelists like Leighton Ford, Bob Harrison, Luis 
lau, Leonard Ravenhill, "Hermano Pablo," Barry 
)ore, and thousands more got out the Word for vast 

Evangelism congresses were staged in Spain, the 
Philippines, Colombia, and Congo while the Baptist 
World Alliance met in Austria to work out a plan for 
global evangelization to be carried out by churches of 
its affiliation by 1974. 

And on the tiny island of Malta the first series of 
sanctioned evangelistic crusades produced screaming 
headlines, the subject of justification by faith without 
works being hotly debated in the press. 


The shuffle of men and positions created interesting 
patterns in 1969— Dr. Edward L. R. Elson to the U.S. 
Senate chaplaincy, James Boice to radio's Bible Study 
Hour, David A. Hubbard to the "Old Fashioned Revival 
Hour" (now "The Joyful Sound"), W. Stanley Mooney- 
ham to World Vision as president, Sherwood E. Wirt as 
president of the Evangelical Press Association. . . . 

Death in 1969 took such stalwarts as Abraham 
Vereide, founder of International Christian Leadership 
. . . R. G. LeTourneau, internationally known manu- 
facturer and evangelist . . . Mrs. Elizabeth Strachan, 
wife of the late missionary statesman Kenneth Strachan 
. . . Harold B. Street, former executive secretary of 
Evangelical Literature Overseas . . . Quaker columnist 
Drew Pearson . . . Senator Everett M. Dirksen, fighter 
for renewal of prayer in public schools . . . controversial 
clergyman James A. Pike . . . and Clarence L. Jordan, 
founder of an interracial cooperative farm in Georgia. 

The year ended with a scramble to find ways of 
taking the boredom out of Sunday worship, with emer- 
gency steps to end hunger, with action to banish pollu- 
tion of the environment and with less attention to the 
verbiage of ecumenicism and more casual action. The 
top executive of the National Council of Churches, in 
a surprise move, proposed at year's end that the em- 
battled NCC be scrapped in favor of a new "general 
ecumc-nical council" embracing all major religious bodies 
in the United States. 

The scientific accomplishments of 1969 were indeed 
the triumphs of the squares, but so were the ugly, bru- 
tal wars in Southeast Asia, in the Middle East, in 
Northern Ireland, and increasingly among tribes of 

What a year! — 1969. The swell and swale of religious 
thoughts and action pushed and tugged at the people 
living on the blue-brown wispy agate marble spinning 
beautifully in an inky black universe. Yet another year 
the Lord delayed His coming but 1970 gives the oppor- 
tunity once again to sound the glories forth, earnestly 
contending for the faith which was once delivered unto 
the saints. 

"When the Son of man comes, shall He find faith on 
the earth?" 

Four things come not back: 

The spoken word, the sped 
Arrow, tlie past life and 

Neglected opportunity. 


Isaiah 61:1-2; Luke 4:16-18 

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James E. Norris 

Program for Februa 



For in them ye think ye have eternal life. 

Scripture: John 5:37-47; James 1 

The purpose of this study tonight is to bring us all 
closer together spiritually in that we learn to love God's 
Word and pursue His teachings. Although there are 
portions of the Scriptures that baffle even the most 
learned, it is so simple that even the least educated can 
understand. We should all feel free to search the Scrip- 
tures and know that it is not a closed book. Some would 
have us believe that the interpretation of the Word is 
for the scholar, the preacher and sometimes the teacher. 
If you will recall Jesus spoke to the masses. He chose 
fishermen and laymen as the Gospel Bearers. 

We as Christians should be able to prove the validity 
of God's Word by God's Word. This Scripture for ex- 
ample: Was Jesus born of a virgin? In the seventh 
chapter, verse 14, of Isaiah the Lord gave a sign to 
Ahaz, "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign: 
Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall 
Colli his name Immanuel" (meaning God with us). This 
was written over 700 years before Christ's appearance 
on the earth. Now let us go to the New Testament, 
Matthew 1. "Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this 
wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, 
before they came together, she was found with child 
of the Holy Ghost." Joseph would have put her away 
privily, had not he been informed in a dream and was 
assured this was of the Holy Ghost. "And she shall 

bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JEST, 
for he shall save his people from their sins. Now 
this was done, that it might be fulfilled which w 
spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying. Behold,, 
virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a sd 
and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which bei 
interpreted is, God with us. Then Joseph being rais 
from his sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidd 
him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her r 
until she had brought forth her firstborn son: and 
called his name JESUS." Note that Joseph called 1 
name Jesus. 

For Discussion: 

1. Spiritual life 

What is the wages of sin? The gift of God is etern 
life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23. 

How is eternal life secured? See John 5:24 m 

How does eternal life begin? See John 1:12-13. 

What does the Old Testament say about spiritual lifi 
Deuteronomy 8:3. | 

Can spiritual life be lived without sacrifice? Jol 

How do we know we have spiritual life? I John 3:14 

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isdom for worldly affairs 

k of God in faith, and wliat will He do? James 

there any reward for enduring temptation? James 


here does every good gift come from? James 1:17. 

[lat does James say about self conduct? James 


■ad James 1:26-27. Comment thereon. 

'here can I find joy? (Search the Scriptures. Hint— 
)ok in John 15.) 

Where can I find peace? John 14:27. 
Can I find help in God's Word when I am angry? 
Proverbs 15:1-3. 


We have seen by the short tour of God's Word that 
all the answers are there. There is no phase of life left 
untouched in His Word. The problems we face can be 
handled by searching His Word. If we had time we 
could prove that science and God's Word are not at odds. 
It is the men who interpret it. This is for another study. 

men president communications 



ES, TIME FLIES, many people are uneasy and rest- 
less, but isn't it wonderful to have the blessed 
irance that God fulfills His plan for the ages. He 
3 His Son to be born as a fulfillment of His inten- 
s to carry out His Design by flesh and blood evi- 
:e of His Divine Gift. This presentation of His Lov- 

Revelation paved the way for man to live for eter- 
■ with the privileges of being children of God. In 
nans 8:14-17 we find the proof of God's proclamation. 
r as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are 

sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit 
bondage again to fear; but ye have received the 
Pit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The 
rit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are 

children of God; And if children, then heirs; heirs 
God, and joint heirs with Christ; if so be that we 
fer with him, that we may be also glorified together." 
,et's make sure that we remember that God does not 
:e our spiritual or moral decisions. We are not com- 
:ed to select God's plan of redemption. Man has a 
ice, but choose he must. If his preference is not 
eptation, it automatically becomes rejection, 
ly the time this appears in print, much time will 
'e passed, and many resolutions will have been made, 
ne of these have probably all ready been broken or 
gotten. However, remember that time is precious, 
le is priceless, and time is to be used properly. 
;lesiastes 3:1 relates God's Word to us concerning 
le, "To every thing there is a season, and a time to 
Ty purpose under the Heaven." 

Evangelist and author, Lon Woodrum of Hastings, 
Michigan, gives us this message from an article in 
"Christianity Today." "The future life, a salient (prom- 
inent) aspect of theology, is often disregarded by 
religious spokesmen today — those who settle for a one- 
world faith that unquestionably heightens the irreligious 
mentality of our time. 

"Authentic existence, we are told, must be discovered 
in the here and now, not in some sweet by and by. But 
in a few clock-ticks the present will be past, and the 
past is closed to us; so that always all we have open to 
us is the future." "The future," said C. S. Lewis, "is 
something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty 
minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is." 

The New Testament warns us that those who become 
wholly occupied in life in this modern day world may 
face eternal ruin. Great care and concern should be 
exercised so that we know the difference between secu- 
lar and spiritual living. After this discernment, we 
must "practice what we preach." God says in Ecclesiates 
8:5, "Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no 
evil thing: and a wise man's heart discerneth both time 
and judgment." This writer feels very strongly that a 
"tithe of our time" is not sufficient to adequately love, 
worship, and serve the Lord, our God. I am not imply- 
ing that we have an obsession — namely that religion 
should be the influence of our feelings, ideas, or im- 
pulses — but I am hoping to convey the fact that Chris- 
tianity should become the primary factor of a "relation- 
ship of harmony" with "Our Heavenly Father" relating 

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to "our free-will choice" concerning "our time and His 
Plan of Fulfillment." 

"Our vision of tlie future may affect our present 
lives more deeply than our experiences in the past. 
Who foresees himself as God's friend tomorrow will not 
wish to be His enemy today. Who plans to live in heaven 
hereafter will scarcely be content to live in hell here." 
The above quote from Evangelist Lon Woodrum should 
again make us mentally alert to how we're using our 
time today. "Plant the good seeds of righteousness and 
you will reap a crop of my love; plow the hard ground 
of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the Lord, 
that He may come and shower salvation upon you" 
(Hosea 10:12, the Living Prophecies). The Lord's love 
for Israel is very evident in this passage, and it is also 
obvious that the Lord's love for all mankind is just as 
true and apparent in this day and age. Dare we ignore 
the words of wisdom in Romans 13:11 from Living 
Letters? "Another reason for right living is this: you 
know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for 
the coming of the Lord is nearer now than when we 
first believed." The only thing we would like to add to 
this is Scripture verses taken from Living Letters. 
"Make the most of every opportunity you have for 
doing good" (Ephesians 5:16i, and "Make the most of 
your chances to tell others the Good News. Be wise in 
all your contacts with them" (Colossians 4:5). 

There is too much evidence of "Laymen's Latency" 

today. In the dictionary, latency is a noun meaning! 
latent condition or quality. When we look at latent, l| 
definition is as follows: Present but not active, hidcj 
or concealed. Dormant, potential, and undeveloped ; 
given as synonyms. In view of these facts then, "L. 
men's Latency" could pertain to the fact that oftentin) 
the laity of the church are present in worship servic| 
but not active in the Lord's business. j 

Many laymen have an undeveloped potential tli 
t^hould not be dormant, but instead come alive. Le 
not hide or conceal our time or talents, but be vital 
alive in the area of presenting God's Gospel, the Go| 
News of salvation that God provides through His Sj 
and our Savior, The Lord Jesus Christ. 

This is our concern, and our challenge is to ma 
proper use of our time in sowing the seed of God's pi 
of soul saving for all mankind. 

Man's time in this world is brief. "And if being 
Christian is only of value to us now in this life, we s, 
the most miserable of creatures" (I Corinthians 15:: 
Living Letters). If this present world is all a Christi 
has, he has been outrageously swindled! But Pau 
positive statement bridges time as per I Corinthia 
15:20. "But now is Christ risen from the dead, and 1 
come the first-fruits of them that slept." 

3Ien live best to whom life is a forever thing! 
Tempus Fiigit, Men Fidgit, but God Fulfills. 


are never afraid of facts. 

This is why I can say that man's 
conquest of the moon has not 
disturbed my relationship with 
God; it has deepened it. My needs, 
hopes, joys — my very life — are more 
properly focused on the God of 
the universe than ever before. 

I was at Pinebrook in New 
York State when the voice came 
across a quarter of a million miles 
to say, "Tranquility base here; the 
Eagle has landed." I drove my wife 
and children to a nearby motel to see 
Armstrong and Aldrin walk on 
the suface of the moon on 
television. Whait a breathtaking sight ! 
Still clutching the ladder, Armstrong 
puts one foot on moon soil. Then 
there are footprints leading out to 
where the TV camera is placed. Man 
has permanently marked the 

Are You 
Leaving a 

by Rochunga Pudaiti 

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Page Fifteen 

m's surface. He has left 
trail in outer space! 
)ne of the first letters I received 
111 India after the moon landing 
ed, "Since men have reached 

moon, can we still believe in 
1?" Weil, how would you phrase 
answer? My own thoughts go to 

Psalmist — not to "What is 
J," but to "What is man?" 

When I consider the heavens 
the works of thy fingers, 

the moon and the stars 

which thou hast ordained ; 

What is man, that thou ai't 
mindful of him ? 

Psalm 8:3-4 
\fter all, man's moon landing 
; not changed one small dot of 
,n's nature or destiny. What 

ai'e doing in space exploration 
discovering God in a more perfect 
y than ever before. The higher 
go in space, the deeper our 
iiiration for Him and the 
ricacies of His creation. The 
idern scientist is getting closer and 
ser to the truth that the Psalmist 
d in mind — that man is created 
have a personal relationship 
th God. 

Dr. Wernher Von Braun, giant 
long space scientists, tells us that 
3 further he penetrates into the 
known realms beyond our planet, 
3 deeper his faith in God becomes. 
"The earth," says Russian space 
)neer Konstantin Tskokovsky. 
1 the cradle of the mind — but you 
nnot live in a cradle forever." 
So man must reach out — 
■ward and beyond. And the further 

reaches, the more proof he finds 
God's rigid control of all His 
iverse. The greater God becomes — 
e more incredible the expanse 
all He has created. And what 
man? He sinks into insignificance 
comparison with the great Creator! 
My deepest personal concern is 
it God's existence or His continued 
ntrol of His universe. My thoughts 
> to the symbolism of that 
rail of tranquility" on the surface 
the moon. There is a sense in which 

each believer constitutes a tiny 
"Tranquility Base" for God right 
here on earth. Each day we make 
footprints among the masses of 
people who are as fai- from Him as 
the most distant nebula is from our 
planet. Am I leaving a "trail of 
tranquility" among them as I 
manifest the life of Jesus Christ here 
on eai"th? 

Only a few moments ago my 
telephone rang and I answered 
what I expected to be another routine 
call. But the voice at the other end 
said. "^Ir. Pudaite, this is Grace 
at the printers. I just wanted to 
tell you that Hank died of a heart 
attack last night." 

I simply could not believe her. 
I had spent fifteen minutes with 
Hank the previous afternoon — 
talking business. He was only 4.5. He 
was healthy and in an unusally 
good humor. It was only an hour 
or so after I left him, in fact, that 
he went to a restaurant and there 
suffered a fatal heart attack. 

I called Mawii immediately to tell 
her the tragic news. For some 
reason, I was not prepai'ed for her 
question, "Ro, did you ever ask 
Hank to receive Christ as his Savior? 

I was speechless. Hank was a 
good friend and a man with whom 
I had often done business. I had 
made a trail across his life through 
numerous conversations. But last 
night that trail came to an end, 
for Hank is dead. I feai- it was not 
a "tranquility trail," for I never 
once asked him where he stood 
with Jesus Christ. May God forgive 
me I 

I would not take anything away 
from the importance of the trail 
man is now leaving in outer space. 
The thought of man's actual 
footprints on the surface of the 
moon leaves me awe-struck and 
amazed. But I am also impressed 
more than ever before with my 
responsibility before God for the 
"tranquility trail" of my witness 
for Christ among the men and 
women of our own planet. Earth. 

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The Brethren Evang>| 


A ized in the community of Ardmore in 1916 
by a few dedicated Brethren who were instilled 
with faith in tlie Lord. The first meetings were 
held in the Ardmore school, and in 1917 the old 
Fairview Church located on Route 20 was dis- 
mantled, moved and rebuilt on the property on 
Moss Road, with the Rev. A. E. Thomas as the 
first pastor. The chui-ch enjoyed a slow but steady 

In 1958 the membership Ijegan thinking and 
praying about a new edifice to accommodate the 
growing membership and to reach out to more 
people in the community with the Gospel of Christ. 

It was not until 1967 that real serious discus- 
sions were held and through much prayer to give 
us faith that we could accomplish this goal that 
we contacted a consulting f ii-m and began fonnii- 
lating a program. By October 1968 we had 
acquired new property and constiaiction was 

The Lord was with us throughout all the trials 
and hard work. 

Now we would ask for the prayers and continued 
strong faith of all the membership and each and 
everyone in this community. This is the house 
that God built. 

The Sei-vice of Dedication took place at 2 p. 
November 30, 1969 and was as follows: 

Prelude Organ and Pia 

Juanita Manuel, Shai'i Overdorff 

Greetings and Notices Mr. Fred Ho: 

Prayer of Invocation 

Solo Mr. Doug Cope 


Statement by Building Committee Chainnan, iV 
James Brown who will turn the church ke 
over to the Trustees 

Dedicatory Offering 

Dedicatory Semion Pastor C. William Cc 

Act of Dedication: 

Pastor: To the glory of God our Father, I 
whose favor we have built this house; to tl 
honor of Jesus, the Christ, the Son of tl 
living God, our Lord and Savior; to the praij 
of the Holy Spirit, source of life and light | 

Congregation: We dedicate this house. 

Pastor : For worship in prayer and song ; for tl 
ministry of the Word ; for the celeibration ( 
the Holy sacraments : 

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Lrdmore, Indiana 

ngregation: We dedicate this liouse. 

stor: To the memoi-y of our beloved dead; to 
the gentle and true of fomier times; to all 
who have unloosed the bonds of ignorance 
and wi-ong: 

ngregation: We dedicate this house. 

stor: To the welfare of the living; to those 
whose ways are good and those whose ways 
are evil; to the strong souls that stoop to 
share the burden of their fellows ; to the weak 
and defenseless; to the dai-kened mind, the 
tempted heai-t, the life-weaiy and the heavy 
ladened, and to all human need: 

•ngregation: We dedicate this house. 

,stor: To the ministiy of the strong to the 
weak ; to the bringing of light in dai'kness ; to 
the giving of courage, and spiritual health to 
all human hearts: 

mgregation: We dedicate this house. 

istor: To the proclamation of the truth that 
sets men free, to the liberty of the sons of 
God; to reverance for all worth of the past 
and to the eager acceptance of all good which 
the future may unfold. 

>ngregation: We dedicate this house. 

Pastor: For the sanctification of the family; for 
the guidance of childhood; for the salvation 
of men. 

Congregation: We dedicate this house. 

Pastor: For the fostering of patrotism; for the 
training of conscience ; for aggression against 
evil : 

Congregation: We dedicate this house. 

Pastor: For the help of the needy; for the pro- 
motion of brotherhood; for bringing in the 
kingdom of God: 

Congregation: We dedicate this house. 

Pastor: As a tribute of gratitude and love, a 
freewill offering of thanksgiving and praise, 
from those who have tasted the cup of thy 
salvation and experienced the riches of thy 

Congregation : We, the people of this church and 
congi-egation, now consecrating ourselves 
anew, dedicate this entire building in the 
name of the Father, and of the Son, and of 
the Holy Ghost. Amen. 

Special Music . . . "Bless This House" . . . Choir 

Dedicatory Prayer 

Special Music Shari and Dave Overdorff 


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The Brethren Evang! 


■"THE KUMAR family aiTived safely 
■*■ in India on December 16 and 
are settled in an apartment in 
Kumar's father's family complex. 
They enjoyed good health and 
appreciated their travel to their 
home althoug-h they were in 
Sing-apore during the heavy rains. 

It was from the Cathay Hotel at 
Singapore that Kumai- wrote, "Just 
before we came to Singapore we had 
a wonderful experience of knowing 
how the Lord is protecting us. I would 
like to stare this with you. 

"When we landed in Hong Kong we 
came to know about the great 
number of thefts and robberies. We 
had reservations at the Hotel Astor 
where many American tourists 
stay. Knowing the unsafe conditions, 
many deposited their valuables in - . 
the hotel safety boxes. We had about 
decided to do the same, but somehow 
felt led not to. We were so very 
fortunate in not depositing anything. 

"A $64,000 robbery eai'ly 
December 9th occurred in the Astor 
Hotel. The robbery took place when 
two watchmen who were asked, one 
at a time, to help with luggage were 
accosted by a masked man and tied, 
gagged and pushed into a lavatory. 

"The receptionist was threatened 
with a knife and was similarly tied 
and gagged. The men got away with 
$43,000 and travellers checks 
worth $21,000 from the 20 
customers' deposit boxes. 

Kumar, Nirmala and their 
daughter, Shanthi Shalini. 

ary 17, 1970 

Page Nineteen 

^'^hen the police were 
stig-ating the crime, a taxi driver 
ced into the hotel and handed 
parcel. Police opened it and 
id several passports, airline 
ets and a number of travellers 
;ks worth more than $11,000. 
Ne axe so thankful to the Lord 
bhe working of the Holy Spirit in 
ding our activities. We would 
3 lost NirmaJa's jeweh-y, our 
ley and other important 
iments. We ai'e able to feel tlie 
er of prayers offered by many 
iur beloved Brethren in the States 
our loved ones in India. We 
thrilled with joy to feel the 
sence of the Holy Spirit with us." 

yer Request — 

Your prayers would be appreciated for the 
Lord leading Kumai- in finding the proper 
building to rent for an oiphanage in Rajah- 
mundry. The limitation of real estate and 
extremely high rentals have thus fai- been 
detennents in making any progress. 

to our mission field in India 

HERE are many ways in which you can help 
the poor and needy Brethren in India. If you 
interested in sending contributions to our 

!sion field in India, here are some useful sug- 

tions for you. 

. Where to send 

All the supplies should go directly to the 
mission field to the following address: 

Reverend K. Prasantha Kumar 

Post Box No. 64 


Andhra Pradesh 

Note: The Missionaiy Board office staff 
is too limited in size and too over- 

loaded in work to act as an export- 
ing agent and therefore we rely on 
Brethren, individually or in organ- 
izations to be responsible for all 
mailing and shipment. 

II. How to send 

1. Packing: 

(a) Prepare a list of all the things to be 
placed in a box 

(b) Put them in a strong, sturdy box 

(c) The box has to be sealed completely. 

(d) Tie a veiy strong cord ai-ound the box. 

(e) Make sure the box and your packing 
can stand thi-ee months of rough 
ocean traffic. 

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2. Mai-king: 

Make sure that every parcel you send is 
mai-ked "free gift" 

3. Post Office RegTilations : 

(a) The box should not be more than 6 
feet — measuring length and girth and 
should be limited to 44 pounds for 
surface mail and 22 pounds for ainnail. 

(b) You have to fill three fonns which are 
supplied by the U.S. Post Office. One 
is a yellow slip indicating the instruc- 
tions given by the sender. On this you 
will indicate whether to return the 
parcel or to abandon in case it is un- 
deliverable as addressed. 

The other two are Customs Declara- 
tion Foi-ms in duplicate. On one side 
you write your instructions and on the 
other you write the itemized list of 
contents with value. (In figuring the 
value, try to put the cheapest value 
possible for that individual item). 

4. Insurance: 

It is always best to insure all the things 
you send. Uninsured parcels often do not 
reach the missionary. 

5. Charges: 

You ai-e charged by the Post Office accord- 
ing to the weight of the parcel but not 
according to the size or value of the parcel. 
For sending books and printed matter, 
check with the Post Office. They have 
special rates and special instructions (par- 
cels such as these should not be sealed) 

III. What to send 

1. Supplies for Babies: 

Diapers, diaper pins, plastic pants, cotton 
and thei-mal blankets, light weight quilts, 
dresses, T-shirts, sweaters, socks, nursing 
bottles and nipples, prepai-ed powered 
formula, fniit juice and cereals. 
(Babies in India do wear the same kind 
of clothing as the babies in the States). 
Nutritious baby food is not available to 
common people. 

2. Supplies for Boys : 

Pants, shirts, T-shirts, imdei-wear, socks, 

sport shirts and sweaters. 

(Boys do wear the same clothes as the 

boys in the United States but only jn 
younger boys wear short trousers. L;,h 
weight clothing is prefeiTed.) j 

3. Supplies for Girls : ; 
Skirts, blouses, one piece dresses i 

(Gii-ls in India wear the same kind of cki 
ing as girls in the States until they re 
their teens.) 

4. Supplies for men : j 
Pants, shirts, T-shirts, undeiTvear, so<i3 
sweaters and light-weight suits. 

5. Supplies for Women: 

Sweaters, sewing materials, thread, tjt' 
tons, needles and such aids. 

6. General and Household Supplies: 
Pencils, pens, erasers, general knowl&ii 
books, cold, fever or headache remed ;, 
shampoos for dandruff, toothpaste j'd 
brashes, combs, raincoats, umbrellas, pll 
tic bags, paper towels, bleach, all pui-p i^ 
cleaners, detergents, laundry soaps, ft 
and body soaps, starch, bed sheets, bj 
spreads, pillow cases, tablecloths, towi 
quilts, blankets and any other use 

7. Food Supplies: 

(a) Staples : Chocolate, cocoa, instant o 
fee, all puiioose flour, macai-oni, dri 
milk, pancake mix, instant potato 
instant puddings, instant rice, regu 
rice, spaghetti, sugai-, breakfast 
reals and candy. 

(b) Canned Goods: All kinds of f raits a 
fruit juices, baked beans, green a 
lima beans, mixed vegetables, pe 
white potatoes, tomatoes and tomj 
juice, chicken, fish, jelly and ja'. 
vegetables and chicken soups. 

IV. What not to send 

Based on the Customs Authorities Regu 
tions and on the habit patterns of the peo] 
the following things ai'e not advisable: 
Shoes, toys, coats for boys and girls, gir 
slacks, men's coats, ties, hats, razor bladi 
women's dresses and undei-wear, beau 
aids, peanuts, cheese, any food that h 
Beef or Poi'k, cooking utensils, glasswa 
and silverware. 

If you need further suggestions or have a:. 
questions, please write to Kumai- on the field. 

nary 17, 1970 

Page Twenty-one 

Ye ai'e of God, little children, 
[ have overcome them: because 
ater is he that is in you, tlian he 
,t is in the world" (I John 4:4). 
: can overcome the world, if Christ 
ves in us ! These challenging 
i-ds should convictedly burden each 
3ur hearts. Christ doesn't have to 
re very much to perf orra miracles ; 
can use you! "If ye have faith 
a grain of mustai'd seed . . . 
;hing shall be impossible unto 
x" (Matt. 17 :20) . Imagine the 
;ential of our faith when put 
use. The power of God is 
litless and all we have to do is 
1 for His strength. Jeremiah 33:3 
ites, "Call unto me, and I will 
3wer thee, and show thee gi'eat and 
ghty things which thou knowest 
t." ". . . With God all things ai-e 
ssible" (Mai-k 10:27). 
Today there is a crying need to 
.k to God about lost sinners; also, 
talk to lost sinners about God ! 
e must not falter at the face of 
blic embai-rassment. What people 
ink of us are opinions; what God 
inks of us ai-e facts. Jesus told us 
ere would be disbelief, persecution, 
id perilous times, but He never 
Id us to slow down or quit. It is 
nes like these that we need to 
iclai-e Christ the most ! 
Paul states that our life is the 
stimony of Christ and therefore 
Lould be spotless. He tells us that 
fe are our epistle, written in our 
jai'ts, known and read of all men" 
I Cor. 3:2). How mai-velous our 
ves should read. The grace of God 
lables us to add a rebirth to our 
fe and be read by all. Our 
sstimony can be found in II 
orinthians 5:17. "Therefore if 
ny man be in Christ, he is a new 
reature : old things are passed away ; 
ehold, all things ai'e become new." 
Indeed, we need to praise God — He 
)ves us ; He died for us ; He wants 
s to live for Him. It is as simple 
s that ! Jesus is ceitain our life's 
toi-y can be more exciting and 
ynamic. The keys to more 







abundant living are in our hearts 
and on our tongue : all we need to do 
is convictedly burden ourselves and 
tell people everywhere aJbout Jesus! 

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The Brethren Evan; ■'\i 




TiE ANNUAL GIFT of the First Brethren Church, 
Cameron, West Virginia congregation was pre- 
sented by the Senior High Brethren Youth Crusaders 
on December 21. 

A new pulpit Bible was dedicated with all members 
of the youth group participating in the special services. 
Doug Murphy and Don Shilling led the processional 
with Judy Tennent carrying the new Bible. David 
Chambers led the call to worship, responsive reading 
and words of dedication. Louise Shilling gave the read- 
ing "The Spirit Breathes Upon the Word." The youth 
felt it would be most fitting to have the scripture read- 
ing from Luke 2:1-19. Bob Bonar had the prayer and 
Bible reading. 




Pictured left to right are : Louise Shilling, Robert 
Bonar, -Judy Tennent, David Chaimbers. 

The mood of the service was set in candlelight. 

Among the other activities that the group spons( 
were a Sub Sale (submarine sandwiches) in Novem 
Also the Crusaders went caroling December 22 throi 
out our town; afterwards going to our advisors' hi 
(Mr. and Mrs. Cloyd Shilling) for refreshments 
gag-gift exchange. 


started the 1969-70 year off with the election of I 
following officers: 

President Phyllis Glasgo 

Vice President Gene McConahay 

Secretary Linda Glasgo 

Treasurer Doug Drushal 

Our new youth advisors are Mike and Mary E, 
Drushal and John Steiner. Our first meeting wa 
joint planning meeting with the Jr. High youth at I 
and Doris Dravenstott's home. Games were playec 
cook-out was enjoyed, and many ideas were discus 
for future meetings. 

The Smithville BYC sponsored the N.E.O. Sr. Yoi 
Rally at Camp Bethany on Sunday, October 26. 
theme was a "Halloween Coffee House" decorated w 
a variety of mobiles and pop art posters made by 
youth. Refreshments consisted of pizza burgers, 
dogs and punch. The guest speaker for the evening \ 
Fred Finks, and a film, "My Favorite Phoney," \ 
shown. Th? youth were entertained by Jim Miller < 
his musical group from Central Christian High Schc 
We sang a Vciried assortment of folk songs. 

The Smithville youth once again featured Jim Mij 
at a "folk sing" on Sunday, December 7. Local yo" 
groups from churches in Smithville were guests for 

After accomplisMng the ultimate project in the A 
Camp in Arizona last summer, the youth are look, 
forward to making this year of 1970 as prosperous i\ 
as rewarding as that of last year. 

Linda Glasgo, secretary 

miary 17, 1970 

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eft to Right: Mike Snyder, Mike Rogers, (on 
loulders) Terri Snyder, Glen Snyder, Joe Lewis, 
[rs. Betty Snyder. 

J Ashland's Senior High youlh are starting to move — 
id live! The year of 1969 was the most active and 
roductive at Parl^ Street in many years. Under ex- 
;llant leadership of Marilyn and Fred Burkey, Holly 
id Fred Finks and Betty and George Snyder, our youth 

are doin^ things! And we've barely gotten started! 

Our first three months together have been busy, busy, 
busy. The first few sessions were mainly get-acquainted 
typo meetings and kids kept coming. We now have a 
steady group of about 15 every Sunday night. Our 
officers are: 

President Becky Solomon 

Vice President Pat Smith 

Secretary Elaine Pyrch 

Asst. Secretary John Miller 

Treasurer Bruce Ronk 

who report at each meeting. We have had two guest 
speakers. Dr. Gaugh of Ashland Theological Seminary 
and Lt. Lance from the Ashland Police Department. 
One Sunday instead of our regular meeting we spent 
the afternoon at Bethany. One time we had a sing-along 
and another night we went carolling. Then, to top off 
everything, the advisors gave us a progressive dinner 
with about 20 youth in attendance. We held a slave day 
to earn money for the National Project. We also sold 
bags and bags (and bags) of hard tac candy made 
through hard work (and fun too!). We delivered 
Christmas cards for church members at 5c a card, and 
much more is planned for 1970. 

Our meetings are not only fun — they're meaningful — 
meaningful for the kids and the adults. We know that 
God is working through us and only through Him will 
we make progress to further His kingdom. 

— Elaine Pyrch, secretary 

Dear Bretliren Youth, 

Just a note from all the folks at the Crestwood Brethren Church to 
hope you had a joj'ful Christmas and a blessed New Year. It is comforting 
to know that you have taken our "infant church" by the hand to help us 
learn to walk. Sometimes our progress is painfully slow and sometimes we 
fall down but our Heavenly Father continues to lead. 

It is a difficult thing to gain the confidence of new people in a new 
community, but we have se\'eral plans for a "breakthrough." An open 
house and film showing of "The Other Wise Man" is planned for January 
14, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Some of the youth from the Elkhai't Church will be help- 
ing distribute in\'itations to 1,000 homes, inviting the people to see our new 
church. We will let you know the results next month when we write again. 
There are some hopeful promises for the future which we can't write about 
yet, but perhaps can next month. 

It's exciting to be a pail of God's work and to see Him untangle the im- 
possibilities before our watching eyes. We don't know what 1970 holds for 
us but we are thankful that Brethren Youth are confident that "our labours 
are not in vain" in Christ through the 1970 Youth Missions Project. God 
bless us as we work together in Fort Wayne. 

Charles Loicmaster 


Crestwood First Brethren Church 

1630 Cinnamon Rd. 

Ft. Wayne, Indiana 46805 

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returning Returning RETURNING RETURNING 

The Brethren Evan|i 




The 1970 Bible Quiz has been: 




Plan to REINVEST your time, tolents. 
and team effort in the New Bible Quiz 

Begins March I, 1970 
(See February B C E News for full details) 

ary 17, 1970 

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of the 



by REV. G. H. JONES 

Text: "They were all filled with the Holy 
lirit, and they spoke the Word of God with 
)ldness" (Acts 4:31). 

always timely. We need to emphasize 
the fact that this is pre-eminently the dis- 
pensation of the Holy Spirit. That His 
ministry in the individual believer and in 
the church is a different ministry to that 
of preceding ages. As we shall see in a 
fuller study of this aspect of His work, 
this was not possible until Christ's earthly 
work for His church had been finished. It 
wiU enable us to more fully appreciate 
the privilege of our position if we refer 
to some of the points that differentiate 
this dispensation from those that preceded 

In the old dispensation, which is desig- 
nated as the dispensation of the Father, 
the Holy Spirit came upon men, equipping 
them for special service without refer- 
ence to character. There are three refer- 
ences, of which Gideon is one, in which it 
is said, "The Spirit came upon them" 
(Judges 6:34). The Hebrew word literally 
means, as the marginal reference shows, 
that the Spirit clothed himself with them. 
It is important to notice this difference 
between the new dispensation and the old. 
Neither Gideon, Amasai, nor Zechariah 
were clothed with the Spirit, but the Spirit 
clothed himself with them for a specific 
work. In the case of Samson a different 
word is used. It is not said that the Spirit 
clothed himself with Samson, the Spirit 
came upon him with compulsion, pushing 
him forward to a definite activity. 

In this dispensation the filling of the 
Holy Spirit always depends upon holiness 
of character. When Jesus left this world 
he said to His disciples, "I will send 
another Paraclete," or, as our old version 
translates it, "I will send another Comfor- 
ter and he shall abide with you forever." 
Turning to the first chapter of Acts, we 
find a statement of the purpose for which 
He came. We read there that He is to 
take up the work which Jesus began to do 
and to teach. Jesus began it and left it 
and the Holy Spirit came, this third 
person in the Trinity, to take up the work 
where Jesus had left off. Jesus made 
atonement for sin. That was the primary 
object for which Jesus came to this world, 
and when that work of atonement was 
finished. He went back to the Father; and 
the Holy Spirit was sent down to take 
up the work and carry on the work of 
bringing men and women to know the 
Christ. On the day of Pentecost we find 
the Spirit inducted into His work. He 
came on that day of Pentecost clothed 
with authority to do the work that Jesus 
began to do and to teach, and one of the 
first things we find laid down in the 
Scriptures that the Spirit is here to do, 
is to convict the world of sin. 

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The Brethren Evarl 

This holiness of character is only 
possible through the cleansing of the 
blood of Christ. Power follows purity; a 
Holy Spirit cannot dwell in an unholy 
temple. The virtues and value of the 
atonement have a primary demand; there 
must be entire dedication. One of the 
most striliing illustrations of this neces- 
sity is found in the case of Simon who 
offered Peter and John money, saying, 
"Give me also this power, that on whom- 
soever I lay my hands he may receive 
the Holy Spirit." But Peter said unto him, 
"Thy money perish with thee, because 
thou hast thought the gift of God may be 
purchased with money. Thou hast neither 
part nor lot in this matter, for thy heart 
is not right with God. Repent, therefore, 
of this thy wicl<edness, and pray God, if 
perhaps the thought of thine heart may 
be forgiven thee" (Acts 8:18-24). 

Turning now to the "office work" of 
the Holy Spirit, John 16:8, we find just 
what he is here for. "And he, when he is 
come, will convict the world of sin." John 
the Baptist's preaching of Metanoia was 
the beginning of a general change of mind 
which becomes in its fullest development 
an intellectual and moral regeneration. In 
Jesus Christ the natural and spiritual 
birth were the same, and in the life thus 
begun there was a perfect and harmon- 
ious growth. The early Christians were 
anxious about converts, but not the num- 
ber. They were concerned about the qual- 
ity more than the quantity of those who 
became disciples. They believed implicitly 
that the incarnate life of their Lord ex- 
tended into the lives of all who were born 
again. If they had not stressed conviction 
of sin, as fundamental, I doubt if there 
would have been any Christian church. 
One of our present dangers is in abandon- 
ing this apostolic fanaticism. 

This conviction of sin is truly a divine 
act. To leason with and convince a man 
of wrong doing is possible with many 
men, it doesn't take much wisdom to con- 
vince a man of what bitter experiences 
has already taught him, but this is as 
far as human tongues can go. The next 
thing is what the Holy Spirit came for. 
He doesn't allow any man to do His work. 
Our work is to convince men, by our lives 
and conduct, His is to convince them by 
a divine sensation. 

Profound convictions such as we hear 
about and read about seem missing from 
our day and experience. Possibly as a 
modern writer suggests, there are no 
profound convictions, because there is no 
profound preaching. The old versions 
read, "Reprove," and most of us seem 
content with some milder application of 

the translation. Reproving and conv i 
seem somewhat different when contr ; 
The next office seems somewhal i 
fusing. The larger number of Chr ! 
people somehow have managed t( | 
conversion and regeneration con i 
(John 3:5-8). "Jesus answered, \\ 
Verily, I say unto thee, Except a m 
born of water and the Spirit he c 'i 
enter the Kingdom of God. That i i 
is born of flesh is flesh and that i 
is born of Spirit is spirit. Marvel noi 
I say unto thee, ye must be born e. 
The wind bloweth where it listethl 
thou hearest the sound thereof, but 
not tell from whence it cometh, 
whither it goeth; so is every one tl 
born of the Spirit." 

The Holy Spirit is here to give life 
above. This new nature which is ant;' 
isHc to sin and hungers and thirsts 
righteousness, this is a gift from a 
We cannot convict of sin, neither ca 
regenerate. We may convert, but we 
not regenerate. Many have been conve 
but not so many regenerated. As goo 
Gordon says, "One may see a whole 
through a knot hole in the fence."" 
is one of the great reasons why we 
so much backsliding. We DunkardS 
beginning to believe a man can backs 
Strong temptations come and the 
verted man is sometimes overcome, 
version is rooted upon nothing fu; 
than being convinced of sin. This i 
human work. Conversion preceede.M 

Another office work seems to be f ,1 
in Paul's epistle to the Ephesians (4 I 
he convicts of sin, he regenerates th : 
liever, and he seals the regenerated, 
grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, wj 
by ye are sealed unto the day or red 
tion." A proof text like this ought to 
a great assurance. We need greater 
fidence in God. Too often we seem to ' 
that we are too infinitesimal for Hij t 
notice. But a text Mke that lifts us oi ( 
speculation and places us upon a )i 
foundation. More and more we are j) 
ing to see that when God's Spirit rt'i 
erates a man, the work is done fo: i 
time and eternity. "Sealed unto the d£ \i 
Redemption." What an assurance! Hell 
a commercial figure. With all of i 
authority of the law back of the act, |t 
all the power of constituted authority i 
security is made as complete as it ca i 
made. "Unto the day of redemption," ) 
day of the first resurrection, com] K 
until then, the Holy Ghost doing His v k 
in His way, by His power. Truly the v k 
is for all time. Lastly, if I may use "■ 
term; I want to mention the supreme i 

lary ]", 1970 

fice of the Spirit. First is Conviction, 
second is Regeneration, third is Sealing, 
fourth is Fellowsiiip. 

The fellowship of the Spirit — Paul 
writes about it in Romans 8:16. The 
Spirit itself beareth witness with our 
spirit that we are the children of God. 
Fellowship bespeaks the closest of human 
relationships. It is more than agreement, 
it is likemindness. Paul's epistle to the 
Philippians, 2nd chapter, "If there be 
therefore any consolation in Christ, if any 
comfort of love. If aiiy fellowship of the 
spirit, that ye be likeminded having the 
same love, being of one accord, one mind. 
There can be no fellowship without dis- 
cipleship, and no divine thinking without 
"becoming partakers of the divine nature" 
(Peter). This likemindedness is not con- 
fined to any ecclesiastical body exclusive- 
ly, rather it is enjoyed by every rare soul 
who enjoj's the new birth, in every evan- 
gelical body of believers. Jesus said "he 
dwelleth with you and shall be in you" 
(John 14:17). 

He comes as the Spirit of the Son of 
God to represent Jesus to us and to make 
Him real in our experience and life. 
Someone has suggestively said, that the 
person of the Holy Spirit was not fully 
constituted under the Old Testament dis- 
pensation. It was necessary that He should 
reside for three and a half years in the 
heart of Jesus and become humanized, and 
brought nearer to us by His personal 

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union with the Incarnate Lord. Now He 
comes to us as the same Spirit who Uved 
and loved, Who served and suffered. Who 
wept and wrought in Jesus Christ. "When 
he the Spirit of truth is come, he will 
guide you into all truth; for he shall not 
speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall 
hear, that shall he speak: and he will 
show you things to come" (John 16:13). 

This fellowship is brought out very 
clearly in the early church, for we find 
the apostles paying Him the same defer- 
ence they paid to the Incarnate Lord. 
They recognized Him as the true vicar 
of Christ, for in Acts 15:28 we read this 
significant statement, "It seemed good to 
the Holy Spirit and unto us." This con- 
cerned the work of the council at Jeru- 

I Timothy 4:1 contEiins a warning for 
those in this fellowship. "Now the Spirit 
speaketh expressly, that in the latter 
times some shall depart from the faith, 
giving heed to seducing spirits and doc- 
trines of devils." The modern isms that 
are making such havoc with unstable 
souls having itching ears seem to have 
one great redeeming feature. They dis- 
fellowship the rest of us as perverters of 
the Word. We can be thankful for this 
much. The Fellowship of the Holy Spirit 
unerringly applies the supreme test, "He 
shall glorify Me, for he shall receive of 
Mine and shall shew it unto you" (John 

World Religious News 

in Review 


Moscow (EP) — Baptists finding 
jmselves dissenting from govern- 
?nt orders were warned here by 
; Soviet Government's chief of 
ligious affairs to cease "provoca- 
e activities" and obey the law 
verning religious activities. 
Vladimir A. Kuroyedov, chairman 
the Committee on Religions, gave 
e warning in an article in the 
vernment newspaper Izvestia. 
He was referring to sects known 
Initiative Baptists, groups which 
legedly broke away from the offici- 
ly recognized Evangelical Chris- 

tian Church-Baptist in 1961. 

Recent reports indicate that sev- 
eral members of the group have 
been sentenced to prison terms. 


Washington, D.C. (EP)— A Luth 
eran Army chaplain was killed in 
Vietnam when the helicopter carry- 
ing him from one field worship ser- 
vice to another crashed into a 
mountainside southwest of Danang. 

Chaplain (Major) Roger W. Heinz, 
33, a Lutheran Church-Missouri 
Synod clergyman, is the first Luth- 
eran chaplain to be killed in the 

Vietnam war. He died in mid- 

In all, 11 U.S. Army and three 
Navy chaplains have lost their lives 
in the conflict. 


New Delhi (EP) — Fourteen for- 
eign Christian missionaries left 
India during the period from 1966-68 
as the result of deporation proceed- 
ings by the government. 

This was annoimced in Parliament 
here by the minister of state for 
home affairs, V. C. Shukla, who said 
the missionaries were reported to 
have indulged in anti-social and 
prejudicial activities. 

Mr. Shukla said they left the 
country on being served with notices 
that action was being contemplated 
against them. 

The minister said five Americans, 
three Canadians, two Britons, two 
Spaniards, a HungcU-ian, and an 
Australian were deported. 

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The Brethren Kvanj 


Chicago (EP)— Methodist minis- 
ters who have been criticized for 
sheltering members of the "Weath- 
erman" faction of the Students for 
a Democratic Society (SDSi have 
asked their congregations for sup- 

The Rev. Charles C. Peterson, 
minister of the Wheaton United 
Methodist church in Evanston, read 
a telegram from the Board of Social 
Concerns of the Northern Illinois 
United Methodist Conference. The 
wire commended the housing of SDS 
members as a "Christian gesture" 
and offered to provide money for 
any dainage the radicals did. 

The Wheaton Church is one of 
four churches in the Evanston Par- 
ish that housed SDS members dur- 
ing protest activities in early Octo- 
ber that led to numerous arrests and 
one charge of attempted murder. 
Some SDS members were also 
housed at Methodist-related Garrett 
Theological Seminary here. 


Tarpon Springs, Florida (EP)- 
In hushed awe, hundreds of tourists 
gazed at the picture of St. Nicholas, 
patron saint of the St. Nicholas 
Greek Orthodox Church here, a 
painting which has allegedly been 
emiting a steady flow of tears. 

Charter buses brought Greek 
grandmothers, mod-dressed girls and 
others to see the phenomenon. 

The droplets form on the inside of 
the glass in which the picture of St. 
Nicholas is encased, according to 
Father Ellas Kalariotes, pastor. 

The priest said a carpenter had 
checked the frame to see if conden- 
sation, would be the answer and 
ruled out that possibility. 

A qualified chemist was to have 
examined the liquid to determine its 
composition, but church officials de- 
cided not to go through with it. 


Wake Forest, N.C. (EP)— A party 
for black and white young people 
hosted by a 16-year old pastor's 
daughter resulted in a shotgun blast 
through the front window and the 
firing as pastor of her father. 

The blast which ripped through 
the living room window of the home 
of Baptist pastor J. Wesley Shipp 

here occurred on a Saturday night. 
The next morning deacons at the 
Ridgecrest Baptist Church fired 
Shipp as their pastor. 

"Thej' told me that I was a dis- 
ruptive influence in the community, 
that my view on racial matters 
would hurt the church," Shipp said. 
He added that his views were sim- 
ply "that black is eis good as white. 
I believe that," he declared. "I've 
always believed that, and no one's 
going to change my mind." 

The Rev. Mr. Shipp plans to re- 
main in this city where he is 
attending Southeastern Baptist Theo- 
logical Seminary. The faculty adopt- 
ed a resolution deploring the "act 
of cowardly terrorism" and much 
support for the pastor has been ex- 
pressed from other parts of the 
country as well. 


Boston (EP)— A Presidential assis- 
tant says Christmas for the first 
family in the White House was filled 
with tiadition, sparse in the ex- 
change of gifts, and very much a 
religious event. 

H. R. Haldeman, who sees Richard 
Nixon most often on an hour-to-hour 
basis, told Godfrey Sperling Jr. of 
The Christian Science Monitor that 
religion for Mr. Nixon "is very much 
within himself. He's not given to 
public display of religion in the 
sense of saying grace or formalized 
prayers or anything of that sort. It 
runs very deep." 

Other items related by Haldeman 
told how Mr. Ni.xon does not seek 
company in prayer . . . does not feel 
tlie need for formalized worship and 
arranged for the White House relig- 
ious services as much to show the 
nation that its President relied on 
God as anything. 

Haldeman said of the President: 
"He is a very deeply religious man. 
He's a sort of a fundamentalist in 
religion, I think, in his own mind." 


Seattle (EP)~Practical, physical 
and philosophical reasons were given 
by pastors here whose churches 
sponsor instruction in soul-rock 

The University Christian, Univer- 
sity Congregational and Blessed 
Sacrament Catholic Churches will 
begin next week an eight-week class 

in the art. A week later the Cai: 
Christian Ministry at the Univ€ 
of Washington will sponsor an.i 

Dance steps in the sanctuari( 
eluded "pop-corn," and the " 
and sling." Instructors called i 
eration of spirit and of the mus( 


Tucson, Arizona (EP) — The n 
ing worship service of the Flo- 
Wells Assembly of God Church 
was interrupted by an autom- 
pushed into the aisle. 

The Rev. Virgil L. Jones genei 
ly allowed the small Volkswage 
be rolled in between the pews v 
told it was the congregation's Ch 
mas gift to him and his famUy. 

A ribbon was tied approprij 
to the top of the Varient sedan. 


Hamilton, Ontario (EP) — If rr 
bers of a new group here have t 
way, swear words or "the langi 
of the gutter" will no longer 
paraded as "normal conversatior 

The Association for Upholil 
God's Name pleads for profair 
demise. It attacks what it calls 
common belief among psycholog 
that profanity now and then dcM 
person good. 

The association endeavors to 
phasize the sacredness of G 
name, promoting its goals thro^ 
pamphlets, auto stickers, pos' 
and other propaganda. 

"We need to protest this a 
Christian way of hfe," Presideni 
Groenewegen was quoted in ' 
Spectator here. "Wouldn't we 
arrested if we spoke of the Qu 
or our Prime Minister in the se 
way many of us talk about God: 


Austin, Texas (EP)— A deluge 
mail addressed to Madalyn Mur: 
O'Hair— especially heavy at Chi 
mas time — continues to pour into 
home of the famous atheist here 

"We're getting a tremendous ni 
ber of these completely black ca| 
with a big hole cut to show the ea 
and the words of the Apollo flij 
'In the beginning God,' " Mrs. O'H 
told a UPI reporter. 

"Nut mail" has gotten worse si:i 
she filed suit to bar astronauts fr 
repeating the Bible reading 

ary 17, 1970 

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ers broadcast by the Apollo 8 
mauts at Christmas last year. 

federal district court in Austin 
n out the suit but Mrs. O'Hair 

appealed to the U.S. Supreme 


janwhile cards and letters con- 

i her way. "We are still praying 

you," many of them read. 

le has been on the mailing lists 

arious church groups and relig- 

enterprises since her 1963 suit 
op compulsory prayers in public 


kron, Pennsylvania (EP) — A 
stmas message to all the Chris- 
5 of the World" has been sent 
I Baptist group in Russia, pro- 
ning that the Birth of Christ 
s intended to begin an era of 

!ie message was receive at the 
monite Central Committee head- 
rters here from the All-Union 
ncil of Evangelical Christians- 
tists in Moscow. 
:t is not our Savior's fault that 

angel's song remains a sweet 
iphony only, while the tears and 
)d of men have saturated the 
th for nearly 2,000 years," the 
jsage said. 

roting that Christians are repeat- 
,' drawn into military disasters 
ch cost millions of lives, the 
rtists' message stressed that "we 
■istians must realize that with 
-ds alone we cannot help mankind 
avoid the dangers of the most 
-ible of all wars. 
Our great task consists in edu- 
tng the millions of Christians to 
resolute adversaries of all arms 

mass destruction and military 
ister threatening mankind." 

linneapolis (EP) — A contest in 
ich 3,117 persons under age 26 
)te essays on "Why I Believe in 
i" has been won by William 
red Pratney, 25, Burbank, Califor- 
, a native of New Zealand, 
'he contest was sponsored by 
:ision magazine, published in 
meapolis by the BiUy Graham 
mgelistic Association. The awards 
re announced by George M. Wil- 
1, vice-president and managing 

Tlie winner will receive an all- 
expense trip to the Holy Land for 
himself and his wife. 

Mr. Pratney was converted while 
preparing at the University of Auck- 
land for a career in chemical re- 
searcli. For the past five years he 
has been engaged in an evangelistic 
ministry vvith young people in New 
Zealand and the United States. He is 
a member of the First Baptist 
Church. Burbank. 

Second prize winner was Beverly 
JiU Hurley, 23, of Bellefontaine, 
Ohio, who will receive a trip to 
Minneapolis to attend Decision mag- 
azine's eighth School of Christian 
Writing, June 29 - July 1. A high 
school teacher and liberian, she is a 
member of First Christian Church 
(Disciples), BeUefontaJne. 

Third prize went to Sharon Leigh- 
ton, 17, Summerside, Prince Edward 
Island, Canada, a student at Mount 
Allison University, Sackville, New 
Brunswick. She will receive a $25 
book order. She is a member of the 
United Church of Canada. 


Londonderry, Northern Ireland 

(EP) — Miss Bernadette Devlin's six- 
month prison sentence for inciting 
to riot and behaving riotously may 
well beget further rioting here. 

The charges against Iter stemmed 
from her part in the August clashes 
between Catholics and Protestants 
in the Bogside area of Londonderry. 
She is free on $600 baU and is appeal- 
ing the verdict. 

On learning of the sentence, civil 
rights organizer Finnbar O'Doherty 
said, "Bogside is very angry. We 

intend to hold a series of meetings 
luitil her appeal is held in February. 
If the jail sentence is upheld then, 
all hell will break out here." 

Ivan Cooper, a member of North 
Ireland's provincial parliament, 
vowed he would resign if Bernadette 
were imprisoned. 

A Derry Labor Party represent- 
ative, Eamonn McCann, solemnly 
warned the government that if it 
attempts to put Miss Dex'lin in jail, 
tliey will have to construct a special 
facility to imprison "all the people 
who will come out in her defense." 

On the other hand, some militant 
Protestants in Belfast see the matter 
a question of tit-for-tat. They argue 
that since their leader, Rev. Ian 
Paisley, has been jailed twice, "it 
was Bernadette's turn for a spell 
behind bars." 

Miss Devlin, 22, the youngest mem- 
ber of the British House of Com- 
mons, was reserved in her comments, 
"Wish me a happy Christmas," she 
said to friends. "I feel I need it." 


Nyaiiknnde, Congo (EP) — Im- 
proved conditions in north and east 
Congo were reported to delegates 
of the 25-member Association pour 
la Literature Evangelique en Swa- 
hili-Congo here. 

The meeting was called on behalf 
of churches and missions working 
in the wide Congo-Swahili language 
area to plan for a second edition of 
the Congo-Swahili Bible, agreed 
spelling of words for future pub- 
lishing houses, to upgrade Congo- 
Swahili publications toward a more 
pure East Africa Swahili and to 
search for training in writing for 
Congo personnel. 


There's not a day that passes by 

That I don't feel my God is nigh. 
Each morning when I see first light 

I know He kept me through the niglit. 
The breath I draw He lendeth me, 

How fortunate I am to be 
A child of His, safe in His care: 

With His dear Son to be an heir! 

Norman McPherson 

Page Thirty 


VARIOUS ACTIVITIES have taken place at the First 
Brethren Church, Cameron, West Virginia during 
the month of December. 

The W.M.S. held their annual Christmas dinner with 
their families in the church social room. This organiza- 
tion distributes the candy treat every year as a service 
to the congregation. 

The Bereans. a Sunday School Class, held their annual 
Christmas gift exchange and dinner the following Sun- 
day, December 14. 

A new idea was used this year to keep the Christmas 
spirit alive after the season. December 28 was con- 
sidered for the annual Christmas program. Under the 
direction of Mrs. Cloyd Shilling, the setting of the play 
was of a modern-day situation. The stage was set with 
living room furniture on the left, and outside and na- 
tivity scenes on the right. Readings and recitations 
divided each scene. People entered in an atmosphere of 
candle light in the vestibule while the sanctuary was 
dimly lit by the lights. 

The date for the program seemed very appropriate 
because this allowed our congregation to fellowship in 
other religious services. Since our community is small 
various churches unite for the Christmas Eve Service in 
the local Christian Church. Also taking place in the 
Christian Church was a program presented by the 
Cameron High School Chorus delivering Vivaldi's mas- 
terpiece, Gloria. Four members of our church were 
represented in this group. 

The Senior High Youth group highlighted the season 
with the dedication of a new pulpit Bible while the 
Junior High is selling candy. 

With the beginning of the new year all members are 
greatly anticipating the Home-coming and Twentieth 
Anniversary celebration of our dedication in April. 

D. L. Chambers 


having regular services, even though you have not 
heard from us for some time. This being a Health Cen- 
ter, we do have most of our families with a health 
problem. We want to thank the Lord for these infirm- 
ities; so many say they never knew the Lord until they 
were made to suffer. 

We were very happy to have Rev. Rinehart, his wife 
with 14 youth and 5 adults come to Arizona and lay the 
ground work for the new youth camp. Thanks again 
to the Smithville, Ohio church. 

Thanks to the National Youth Organization and their 
project for the year. The $7,511.21 will be a big lift to 
the ABC Camp. Friends of the church recently donated 
$2,000 also to the ABC Camp. 

Orville Dreyer received Honorable Mention for tak- 
ing time from his regular work to oversee the demoli- 
tion of a building given to the camp to put up a ramada, 
using the best materials. Others helped, coming from 
Tempe. Over the Fourth of July weekend, a group of 
workers from Tempe and Tucson erected the ramada. 

The Brethren Evangi 

Many blessings were received by having our 
missionaries on leave from Argentina, Bill and I 

Our pastor was privileged to represent the chr 
the month of October on radio program Clergy on 
Line. We receive many good reports on his answ 
which made us proud to have Rev. Stogsdill as 
pastor. He also held revival meetings in a Bretl 
Church of Glendora, California, October 29 to Nov 
ber 2. 1969. They are thinking of unitmg with the Br 
ren Conference. Pastor StogsdUl reported an enjoy 
and profitable visit with them. 

Our hearts were saddened by the passing of twc 
our shut-ins, Norman Fall and Jess Williams. 

The Youth will be sending a letter of their activii 
but I do want to mention that Scott McKinney was it 
auto accident. He is improving very nicely and is b 
in the swing of things. Nancy Price and her car I 
she calls Roger were involved in an accident. She 
a broken nose, two black eyes and bruises. Nancy c; 
home from the hospital yesterday. We pray these 
young folks wQl be completely restored to health. 

New members of our church are: Katie and Na' 
Price by transfer of letter; Joan Brown, Pam Yoi 
and Diane and Dale Miller by baptism. 

Corresponding Secretary 
Florence Harvey 


■"pHE EVENING W.M.S. of the First Brethren Chui 

1 of Tucson meets the 2nd Tuesday of each moj 
for a devotional program and meeting. We hold w<i 
night the last Tuesday of each month. We have 17 act I 
members. Our society just completed 12 bundles j 
leprosy patients. 

Our officers for this year are: June Schrock, Pr( 
dent; Patty Yarian, Secretary and Marjorie Gris 

The FHC W.M.S. of Tucson combine work day a 
program on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. 1 
officers of this group are: Wanda Carson, Preside: 
Vernelle Sullivan, Vice President and Judy Drey 
Secretary -Treasurer. 

Our combined project was putting together a coi 
book of our church women's favorite recipes. We i 
collecting Green Stamps for a Silver Tea Set for o 
church. We wiU hold our annual Christmas party 
December 16, and one of the high lights of our progn 
will be revealing our Secret Prayer Sisters. This sec: 
prayer circle has been inspiring and gives blessings 
us all. 

Patty Yarian 

iry 17, 1970 

Page Thirty-one 


.LYWOOD: What is it like to become so de- 
lant on drugs that they become the most important 
in your life? And then in heart-wrenching tor- 
be helped by God's unfailing love and that of 
?rstanding parents and church-group peers, to climb 
^ily back to a fragile normality? 
irect from the life and lips of young Mark, an actual 
[-age drug user, comes a gripping new documentary 
, The Youth Drug: Scene, that tells it true and 
ight — "just the way it was — and is." 
Tiy do our "normal kids," even 11 or 12-yearolds, get 
nselves hooked into the nightmare of drug experi- 
itation and addiction? According to Mark they are 
:lng for "kicks," forbidden pleasures, peer status 
1 their more adventurous classmates, or even one- 
lanship over these who are more conventional. The 
It's strident "No! No!" often only stimulates the 
lescent's urge to test and to try. After all, don't 
ly of these very same adults themselves indulge in 
lor, barbiturates, tobacco, tranquilizers? They just 
't want us kids to grow up I 

'he Youth Drug Scene makes it easy for young people 
identify with its "hero." He is a real person. Their 
d of person. He has "been" there! This makes it 
usible for them also to identify with his just-in-time 
:overy that the hfe-joys of family and friends in 
irch and school far out-weight the short-lived hallu- 
itory trips of the drug user. Thus normal pleasures 
pse the abnormal. 

•cirents also will find a strong identification factor 
the film. All too often as the film points out, they 
use to admit to themselves that their Johnny or 
iie could possibly be "onto" drugs. It simply cannot 
)pen, they bUndly insist, to nice, well-brought up 
Idren like theirs. But it can, and it does. 
Ti the film, this reaJ-Ufe family shows their son that 
y continue to love him despite all the troubles his 

affliction has brought upon them and on himself. This 
love — and his restored faith in God's ever-present love 
— is shown to be a major element in the boy's regen- 

There is a potent identification factor also for any 
church grwip privileged to view this film. How does 
a conventional church group react when a long-haired 
hippie type (such as Mark was during certain periods 
of his addiction 1, puts in an unannounced appearance? 
The youth group shown in the film reacted with true 
Christian understanding, and this encouraged Mark 
and strengthened the lad's will to fight for recovery. 

The dedicated psychiatrist to whom Mark was per- 
suaded to go for treatment found the family, church 
and community suppoit most helpful in getting Mark 
into that unfortunately small percentage of young 
people who do make it back from so heavy and pro- 
tracted a drug use. Basic was Mark's definite spiritual 
conversion — his realization of his need for God's help, 
and his certainty at last that he would surely receive 
and be sustained by it. 

The Youth Drusr Scene could deservedly have been 
sub-titled "Return of the Prodigal Son— 1970." Discon- 
tented, restless youth, today faring forth to spend its 
negative patrimony in "riotous living" in the sub- 
culture of the drug world is as worthy of forgiveness 
and love £is was the son in Scripture, who was "dead" 
and lived again. 

The Youtli Drug Scene, 16mm. color and sound, 30 
minutes long, was made in association with Johnson- 
Nyquist Productions by Family Films, 5823 Santa 
Monica Blvd., Hollywood, California 90038. A free 
Leader's Discussion Guide is available. Editors may 
obtain further information and glossies on request. 
The film may be rented from denominational and other 
religious film distribution centers. 

Page Thirty-two 

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In This Issue: 

Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial: "The Brethren's Home" 3 

Benevolent Board Promotional Materials 4 

The Board of Christian Education 10 

"The Challenge of the New World" 

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"California Schools Get First Moral Guidelines" 21 

The Missionary Board 22 

News from the Brethren 27 

World Religious News in Review 28 

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THERE have been so many generous ofi! 
to the Hostetlei's to help them mak| 
comeback after their loss in the Decern 
26 fire at Riverside Christian T]-ain 
School. They have been outfitted with ck 
ing and immediate needs and are now aw 
ing the arrival of their new trailer, fi: 
loaded with household and personal item; 
take an inventory to determine their renif 
ing needs. 

The Hostetlers are grateful to BrethI 
and friends and will contact you regard' 
your thoughtful offers as soon as they figi 
what is still needed. 

The Missionary Board has received $' 
for their financial assistance to date. 


DE SURE to read all the material i-elat 
'-^ to the Brethren's Home in this issue 
the magazine. We are most fortunate in h I 
ing a home as -H-e have in Indiana, yet thl 
are many problems connected with it. ! 
these changing times, and especially in g- 
ernmental circles, it is hard to keep up w: 
the new restrictions placed upon such hon 
by the state and national governments. 

The Board is no\\' faced \\-ith new pn 
lems relative to the administration of 1 
home due to such changes. We \\-ould ui 
you to keep the members of the Benevok 
Board in prayer as they face and attempt 
solve the problems that confront them. N' 
policies are going to have to be made by til 
Board, soon, and we need to understand i 
dilemma in which they find themselves. 

laiy 31, 1970 

Page Three 



T//ie Brei/irew's \\0m2 

' THIS DAY AND AGE homes such as the 
Brethren's Home are badly needed. We are 
iteful for what medicine has done in lengthen- 
: life. There are more older people today than 
n- before in the history of mankind. In our 
nplex society of today, fewer and fewer of our 
.ers are making their homes with their children, 
nether this is good or bad, we cannot determine, 
; it is being done, therefore we have to face 

to the problem and do something about it. 
Springing up all over the country are com- 
ixes for such living. Homes are being built for 
3 elderly where couples can live in apartments 
d at the same time have available to them hos- 
;al rooms when needed. 

We are fortunate in the Brethren Church to 
ve a group of people (the Benevolent Board) 
10 is sincerely interested in our older people, 
•d who is constantly striving to find the answers 

some of the problems which our oldsters face, 
le Board has taken a big step in the building of 

the Home in Flora, Indiana. The Board is to be 
commended on such foresight and planning. 

The Board has now just recently purchased 
property in Ashland, Ohio, near the First Breth- 
ren Church on Park Street with intentions of 
building a complex for elderly people. Such pro- 
grams should be initiated throughout the brother- 
hood. This takes money. 

We Brethren need to give assistance in such a 
program. At the present, in the Home at Flora, 
Indiana, the program is paying for itself. How- 
ever, finances are needed if other such homes are 
to be established. We urge you to give to this 

Be sure to read the materials in this issue of 
The Brethren Evangelist and also the materials 
that \\ill be handed to you later through your 
church bulletin. 

Let's take care of our older members in this 
complex society of ours — this is the least we can 
do for them. They have done much for us! 

Page Four 

The Brethren Evangt) 

Why Do We Have 

TODAY my favorite radio friend, 
Eai'l Nig'htingale, asked the 
questions, "Wliy do you do what you 
do?" "Why are you engaged in the 
particular work which you do?" Tlie 
answers to those were easy, I 
tliought ; he said some people grope 
for words, not really knowing why 
they do what they do. 

Then I began to ask my own 
questions. Why do we have a 
Brethren's Home? Wliy ai'e we so 
concerned aibout the senior citizens of 
our denomination and others? 
Now I groped for words. Eai'l 
Niglitingale really had me where he 
wanted me ; thinking. With some 
needed editorial revision and 
organization of thoughts, this is what 
came to mind. 

1. The Biblical commands are 
sufficient reasons for a home for the 
aged. Such phrases as "Honor thy 
father and mother," "Visit the 
fatherless and widows in their 
affliction," "Because their widows 
were neglected in the daily 
ministration," and then the 
"inasmuch" verse: "Inasmuch as 
ye have done it unto one of the least 
of these my brethren, ye have done 

it unto me" (Matt. 2.5:40), are 
sufficient reasons for me to help 
provide and give support to a 
Brethren's Home. 

As children it is our responsibility 
to cai-e for our parents, either 
in our own homes or in a provided 
place. As God's children, the family 
tie extends far beyond our own 
'blood relationship to include 
brothers and sisters in Christ. We 
are all part of God's family; hence, 
others become our concern. 

2. The practical foresight of the 
Brethren in Ohio in 1901 put feet 

to their thoug'hts and desires to 
care for the aged. It is nice to think 
aibout it ; it is better to do something 
about it. Within the short span of 
21 yeai's the Brethren's Home was 
thought of, built and occupied. Land 
was given, money and annuities were 
given. Labor, furnishings, time and 
love — ^the primai'y gift — ^made the 
idea a reality and so encouraged the 
entire denomination that the 
Brethren's Home Board became a 
national boai'd of General Conference 
in 1924, and The Brethren's Home, 
Flora, Indiana, reaped the cai'e and 
concerns of the entire denomination. 
The high ideals of the eai'ly Brethren 
have been maintained throughout 
the nearly fifty year's of existence at 
The Home. The Christian atmosphere 
— the patience and the love one for 
another, the forbearance with 
forgiveness — and the employees who 
desire to minister unto one of these 
my brethren ai'e surely convincing 
reasons why we have this Brethren's 

3. A Brethren's Home is necessai'y 
because Brethren live longer, same 
as others do, thanks to medical 
research and medication, 'better 
balanced diets, more conveniences 
and labor-saving devices. Isn't 
it our opportunity to provide a 
home for them? The mandatory 
reitirement age in many occupations 
gives several years of life to 
unemployed people. However, the 
increased costs of home care and 
maintenance for a retired person 
makes it very difficult for one to 
maintain his own home. The constant 
concerns of taxes, leaves, snow, 
stomi windows, repair- and upkeep 
are discouraging and expensive and 
often take the joy out of retirement. 

luaiy 31, 1970 

Page Five 

Jrethren's Home? 


President, Benevolent Board 

Many have entered retii'ement 
housing- areas for these reasons. 

No longer are retirees content to 
be shut off in a crowed, gloomy 
room, left to idle away their golden 
years. Today they remain active, 
pursuing hobbies, crafts and enjoying 
life to its fullest extent. The dai-k 
rooms ai'e replaced by glass and 
caipet. God's world fills their 
picture windows. 

The opportunity to live 
comfortably, without great 
responsibilities, with friends in a 
Christian atmosphere, appeals to so 
many people that The Home is filled, 
with a waiting list for occupants. 
The capacity is forty; most ai'e 
Brethren. Once a person becomes a 
resident, there is no distinction. On 
the waiting list, a Brethren member 
has priority over a person of 
another denomination in being 

The procedure for entering The 
Home is very simple. A letter to Rev. 
Livingstone, Superintendent, 
indicating your desire to become a 
resident puts your name on the list. 
He or a Board member will visit with 
you to explain the arrangements. 
A monthly rate is charged, governed 
by the laws of the State of Indiana. 
When an opening occurs, you ai'e 
invited to move into The Home. 
New friends, good food, nursing 
cai'e when needed, and a wai'm, 
homey atmosphere await you. 

The residents at The Home make 
up the now generation. The 
denomination cai'ed for them for 
fifty years. What we have done in 
that half-centui'y is passed and 
cannot be changed. The future is 
coming, but since it doesn't exist 
right now, we should take no 

thought for the morrow. The time 
is now when we must act for those 
senior citizens in Flora. By giving to 
them now we actually show our 
concern for them. The attention we 
personally give to these individuals 
in the present moment — now — is the 
greatest kind of love ; agape. 

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford said: 
"To love as Christ loves is to 
let our love be a practical and not 
a sentimental thing." So what can 
we do? Unfortunately, not all of 
us can stop by to chat with our 
friends there. But the mailman 
passes daily and would be pleased 
to leave your note written to a 
friend, or an unknown friend but 
a sister or brother in Christ. Many 
auxiliai'ies from the district visit 
and give devotional sei-vices at The 
Home. Naturally, the blessing is 
twofold. Greetings on special days, 
stamps or post cards included in a 
letter are a joy, a magazine 
subscription — something to share 
with another — brings continual 

The opportunity to give to the 
annual offering is for eveiyone. 
This yeai- the state requirements are 
high — more personnel — which means 
more expenditures. Your financial 
gift now is more than an opportunity ; 
it is a necessity. 

The most important gift of love 
is the prayer you make for the 
staff and residents at The Home. 
Continued strength, wisdom and 
knowledge to follow God's guidance, 
patience and long-suffering are 
necessaiy for a happy home, a 
Christian home, a Brethren's Home. 
The now generation is there. Don't 
let them see any generation gap ! 

Page Six 

The Bretlu-en Evanj^ 

The "Progressive" Brethren 


Secretary, Benevolent Bo 

Christian sei-vice is opening 
up for the Progressive Brethren 
Chureh. It is our belief that the 
Brethren Church has unlimited 
possibilities to be used in the mission 
of service. The Benevolent Board is 
concerned that proper housing be 
available for those who are retired. 
We are attempting to provide for the 
retiree, housing that will be 
adequate and conrfortable. 

Ashland, Ohio is the site for our 
first experiment in this quest. 
There are many localities where 
retirement housing could be built, 
but we chose Ashland for several 
reasons. The land we ai'e in the 
process of Obtaining is located neai' 
the Park Street Brethren Church. 
Those living in our facilities will 
be able to attend a Brethren Church 
and serve where they are needed. 
With the i-etirement requirements 
being lowered all the time, those who 
are retired are not necessai'ily "old" 
people content to live out their lives 
in non-^activity. They can be a vital 
part of the program of the Brethren 
Church, bringing with them years 
of experience. Likewise, the 
ministries of the Church can be of 
help to those living in their 
retirement years. 

Our proposed housing is very close 
to the Ashland College campus. 
It has been said that you are only 
as old or young as you feel. It 
would be most advantageous to be 
near young people. Think of the 

unlimited opportunities the retire 
would have living near the campi 
They would be able to attend conci 
lectures, athletic events, etc. Perh 
they would even desire to take a 
college course to keep abreast of i 
times. The trend is to build such 
housing near college campuses. 

Since our National Conference i 
held in Ashland, those Brethren 
living in our housing could be a p; 
of this phase of Christian life. 

We are extremely excited at all! 
the advantages and prospects of 
building retirement housing in 

This is an entirely different field 
of work than strictly Nursing Hor 
and/or Nursing-retii-ement Homesi 
Our Flora Home is equipped for 
both. We have been most gratifiei 
at the progress of the Flora Ho'm" 
but we are still not meeting the 
needs of those living hundreds am 
thousands of miles from Indiana. , 
need programs for Nursing and/c 
Retirement Homes in other distrit 
The government is making it possil 
for non-profit organization such 
as our Benevolent Boai'd, to ente 
into these kinds of adventures. Es 
District Conference should serious 
consider investigating what can b€ 
done. It is only when we lay hold 
the promises and claims of Christ t 
we move fonvard. It has been only 
by His grace and compassion that 
we have done what we have. May 
the decade of the 70's be importa 
for the Progressive Brethren! 

[ake a Visit - - - 

Page Seven 


the Brethren's Home at Flora, 
Indiana? All the Brethren should 
make that a must. We of the 
Benevolent Boai'd urge you to do so ; 
you will be glad you did. After all 
most of us g-o fai'ther and stay 
longer on our annual vacations. 

The first full yeai' 1968-69 was a 
successful one. The residents were 
delighted to be comfortably settled 
in their new home. The capacity of 
the Home is approximately forty 
(always full) ; Brethren people 
having priority with the rates 
comparable with similiar homes 
and services, possibly less. A few of 
the residents are unable to pay. Some 
few life-contract residents have 
outlived their contributions, which 
brings us to the crux of the whole 
matter; the annual Benevolent Boai'd 

The annual Benevolent Boai'd 
Offering amounts to usually about 
twelve thousand dollars of which 
five thousand is paid through the 
Retired Ministers and/or Wives 
Fund. That leaves a balance of seven 
thousand to help meet the expenses 
for those who cannot pay their way 
at the Home. The Benevolent Board 
urges the Brethren to subscribe 
as liberally as circumstances will 

Too much credit cannot be given, 
for the success of the Brethren's 
Home, to Rev. and Mrs. Livingston, 
the Administrator and Matron of 
the Home for their fine handling 
of the many difficult problems that 

are bound to present themselves in 
any such endeavor. Let us resolve 
to at least lessen the financial burden 
of the Home and that, not only 
through the Benevolent Offering 
but throughout the yeai-. 

This small item about the Home 
has concerned me greatly since 
last General Conference. No one 
apparently seemed to take much 
interest in "Food for the Faithful." 
Some of the residents at the Home 
have served The Brethren well 
throughout the years. No one 
seemed to know what had happened 
to the project except that Brethren 
Youth were no longer sponsoring the 
project. Could it not be revived? 

There has been considerable talk 
the past sunmier about at least one 
new Brethren's Home, possibly two. 
The facts of the matter ai'e that 
the Boai'd agreed unanimously that 
another Home or several others are 
needed, and with Federal, State and 
denominational aid the goal could 
very well be one in every district. 
When the present Home is more 
seIf-sup]5orting then will the new 
Home begin. The seed has been 

In answer to your inquiries as to 
what can be done for the residents 
of the Home — you can express 
your appreciation to Rev. and Mrs. 
Livingston, you can visit, you can 
send cai'ds and letters, you can 
contribute to "Food for the Faithful," 
and you can contribute to the 
annual February Benevolent Offering. 

Page Eight 

The Brethren Evani* 

The Brethren's Home 
and the W.M.S. 

"Let the words of my mouth, and 
the meditation of my heai't, be 
acceptable in tliy sig-ht, Lord, my 
streng-th and my redeemer." This 
verse from Psahii 19 is the Call to 
Worship of the Woman's Missionary 
Society. I have been asked to write 
about the W.M.S. and the Brethren's 
Home. Truthfully. I do not know as 
much about the Home as I would 
like to. I have not had the privilege 
to visit the new Home, since it is 
completed and in use. I do know that 
in past yeai's we have helped the 
Home in various ways, and at 
different times we have helped them 
as our project. I also know that we 
have some former very active and 
faithful members who ai-e now living 
or have lived at the Brethren's Home. 

The Indiana District W.M.S 
lias approximately 1,200 in 46 
societies. Every church except one 
in our district, which includes 
Bryan, Ohio and all of Indiana, has 
at least one society; one church has 
three societies; while some have 
three or four groups working 
together as one society. We have 
district and national goals to strive 
for ; one of which is to have 25 per 
cent of the members attending Prayer 
Meeting or Bible Study. If this goal 
gets some members more interested 
in these mid-week sen^ices, it has 
been worthwhile. I am sure if you 

stai't attending and become really 
and seriously interested in this 
service, your week will not be 
complete without this pause for 
refreslrment in the middle of your 
busy week. 

Our meetings ai'e not entirely 
social. In our own publication, 
"Woman's Outlook," we have a 
program plan which we may follow if 
we so desire. Sometimes we have 
another devotional program, but at 
each meeting we have a circle of 
prayer. This has helped a number of 
ladies who did not have the courage 
to pray in public, to startt praying 
out loud. 

In one of our societies the 
ladies stai-ted making mince meat to 
help raise money for the projects we 
have each year. This was started 
quite a few yeai's back. Now their 
reputation has become so 
widespread, they can hai'dly make 
enough to fill all their orders. This 
fall they made and sold more than 
500 quarts. This means four days 
of work, but the ladies come and 
have a day of fellowship as well as 
work, with a meal at noon together. 
There is always plenty of help and 
"many hands make light work." 
I am sure there are many other 
societies who have similiai' projects; 
some do sewing for relief. These 
meetings get us better acquainted 

y 31, 1970 

Page Nine 


and fomi lasting- friendships with 
the other ladies in our churches. 

This yeai' our District Project is to 
help complete the domiitory at 
Brethren Retreat, Shipshewana Lake, 
while our National Project is to 
help the Seniinaiy with their Housing 
Project. Some of the younger people 
may not know that the Chapel at 
Ashland College was built through 
the efforts of the National W.M.S. 
We have helped with a number of 
missionary projects, we send 
bandages and help to Africa each 
yeai' ; clothes and supplies to our 
missions in Kentucky; and do 
sewing and relief work for the needy 
of the world. I feel we have 
accomplished a great deal and have 
helped many people who would not 
have been helped, if it had not been 
for the work of the W.M.S 

I have been a member of the 
W.M.S. for 40 yeai-s now, and District 

President for the last nine years. 
There have been many changes 
made during this time. Some were 
improvements over the years before, 
while others were not so good and 
fell by the wayside. I am sure I 
speak for a number of the ladies of 
our churches, as well as for myself, 
when I say I am a better and more 
sincere Christian because I have been 
in W.M.S. I have been encouraged to 
read my Bible more, and I have 
learned to pray, both in the quietness 
of my room and in public. 

I could go on at great length telling 
you how I have enjoyed my W.M.S. 
work and what it has done for me, 
but instead, I will close my discourse 
with the W.M.S. Benediction: "The 
Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The 
Lord make his face shine upon thee, 
and be gracious unto thee: The Lord 
lift up his countenance upon thee, 
and give thee peace" (Numbers 

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Dr. Joseph R. Sluiltz (faf left) leads a discussion g-roup on the topic "The 
Problems of Poverty." rarticipants shown left to right facing the 
camera are: John Steiner, Rev. Paul Steiner, Dale Stoffei', John 
Shult/5, Jeanie McPherson (face turned away) and Becky Barker. Those 
with their backs to the camera are: (L. to R.) Rev. Don Rinehart, 
Terry Cross and Don Swenk. 

Camp Friedenswald, near Cassopolis, Michigan, was the scene of the 1969 W.< 
Retreat lor 31 Brethren high school seniors, college students and friends, ai 
with 11 adult staff members. 

Mr. Don Pugh of Gospel Light Publications was the retreat resource le 
on the general theme "Charting the Course.'' Discussion groups were led by B, 
ren staff members as follows: "Peace, the Impossible Dream?"— Rev. V'> 
Meyer; "The Faces of Racism"— Jim Berkshire; "Sex— Love or Lust?"— 
Richard Allison; "The Problems of Poverty"— Dr. Joseph Shultz; and "Takii 
Trip— L.S.D." — Rev. Richard Kuns. Other adult staff members were John Ste« 
Rev. Paul Steiner, Rev. Arden Gilmer, Rev. Fred Burkey and Fred Finks. 

From December 28-31 all retreat participants discussed, played, ate, thoi 
and slid their way through the 1969 Winter Retreat! 

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Adult resuurce leadei's eiijuv ;t hot. game of box hockey. Left to rigiil are: 
Jim Berkshire, Don Pugh, Rev. Richard Kuns and Rev. Paul Steiner. 

Chow Time for Retreaters! In the far left background are (L. to R.) Nomia 
Grumbling-, Jennifer Schutz and Dai-lene Lewis. At the tivble in the fore- 
ground ai-e (L. to R.) unidentified girl. Rich Di-ushal, John Shultz and 
Jeanie McPherson. Dale Stoffer (with glasses) is seen on the far right 
flanked by three unidentified girls. 

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Charades was part of game time fun. Here we see partici- 
pants from left to right: Rev. Fred Burkey, Roger Fallot, 
(on floor) Becky Barker and Rich Drushal, Wendy Ivi-ing, 
unidentified gii-1 and Terry Cross. 

There was snow at tlie retreat and sledding and toboganning were in order. 
At the top of the slide ready for a downward plunge on the toboggan are 
(L. to R.) Robert Young, Dale Stoffer and John Steiner. Rev. Paul Steiner 
has his back to the camera and is about to apply himself to pushing them 
off down the slide. Wendy Kring is on the far left and heads visible on the 
riglit are (L. to R.) Darlene Lewis and Jennifer Schutz. 

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by Gunnar Hoglund — Chicago: 
Harvest Publications, 1967 

ith Groups is a book that is a necessity for any 
who is working with youth in the churcli. 
nnar Hoglund, who has been the National Youth 
tor for the Baptist General Conference, has expert 
e for youth workers. He gives an evaluation of 
■'s youth and relates the church to young people. 
Durpose of the youth group is found on page 11 of 
1 Groups . . . "the essential reason-for-being of 
■ youth group, whether it be a junior, junior high, 
school or older youth group is to help direct the 
% person to a saving knowledge of Christ and to 
; in the fullest unfolding of his life — spiritually, 
Lonallj', mentally and socially." 

Mr. Hoglund lists the responsibilities and duties of 
the adult sponsors. He reviews qualifications and train- 
ing of the adult sponsor. Counsehng is a vital area in 
establishing a good youth group. Mr. Hoglund deals in 
the problems and conflicts in counseling young people 
and in developing group spirit. 

Of particular value for the adult sponsor is how 
to plan a good meeting that will attract young people. 
Also of value are the suggestions for service projects 
and recreational programs. 

This book is designed to help make the job of the 
adult sponsor in youth work a little easier. 

— book reviewed by Fred J. Finks 


National BYC Project 

Challenge Budget Goal: 



$6,000 for Ft. Wayne, Indiana, 

$2,000 for Brethren Mission 
of India 


Beginning March I, 1970, 

Watch for rules and 
announcennent of quiz book 
in the February 28 issue 
of The Brethren Evangelist 
and March issue 
of B C E News! 

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The Brethren Evan|i 

The Challenge 
of the 
New World 

by DR. W. D. FURRY 

"Can ye not discern the signs of the tim 
We have come to the kingdom for sue 
time as this" 

"Human crimes ai'e many," Carlyle 
once wrote, "but the crime of being deaf to 
God's voice, of being blind to all but 
parchments and antiquarian rubrics when 
the Divine liandwriting is abroad on the sky 
— certainly there is no crime which the 
supreme powers do more certainly avenge." 
We talk with God and we call it prayer. 
God talks with us and we call it revelation. 
We believe in both prayer and revelation. 
Either would be meaningless and 
valueless apart from the other. Where vision 
fades prayer ends by becoming fomial 
and mechanical. As vision broadens and 
clarifies prayer becomes urgent and 
informed. Today the reality and the 
necessity of prayer are emphasized as they 
have not been for a long time. Our 
endeavors after a greater efficiency have 
brought us to know that our sole efficiency 
is in God. Spiritual achievements wait 
upon the presence and operation of spiritual 
powei". The present world-wide conflict 
has helped to make cleai"er the fundamental 
antagonism between the Christian ideal and 
methods and the methods and practices 
which have very largly prevailed in western 
Christendom. God has already stripped 
the veil of delusion from our eyes. The 
shock of war has already awakened the 

This article appeared in the Brethren Evan- 
gelist some 55 years ago, yet it is most 
appropriate for us today! 

church to a new appreciation of the 
Gospel with which it has been put in ti-u.. 
for the whole world. In all religious worki 
the past there has been a temptation to 
proceed, in practice, upon the assumptior 
that the primary requirements ai'e more 
missionaiies, more money and more effici'ij 
organization. Today we ai'e coming to ] 

learn to our encouragement how much mci 
potent than any of these things is 
the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, i 
clearly and consistently exhibited and 
intensely believed. What the church most 
needs at this critical hour of its history i& 
not so much a new mechanic but a new 
dynamic; not a new program but a new 
unction from above. We have searched 
for our weakness everywhere save where 
is to be found. The deejiest need of the 
church is for a fresh discovery of God 
and we shall discover Him afresh only as i 
go back to His Word and to the secret 
place. We have been brought to see that 
the source of the spiritual vitality and 
power of the church has been begim, 
continued and concluded in prayer. The 
command to prayer preceeds both the 
command to give and go. Pentecost was 
ushered in by prayer. Deacons were 
appointed to direct the temporal affairs 
of the church that the leaders might give 
themselves the more to prayer. Whoever 
would find the secret of the marvelous 
triumphs of the eai'ly church must 
seek for it in the prayer-life of its 

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membership. Precisely here we find our 
greatest resource. We may differ among 
ourselves touching wealth, social position, 
or intellectual culture, but in the possession 
of the greatest talent and its use the 
humblest soul with liis heai't right towai'd 
God may wield as mighty power as the 
person of high position or profound culture. 
"Advance on thy knees," was the challenge 
of Neesima to the church not only of his 
own time, but of all time. The church 
will become a giving, going church, only 
as it becomes a praying church. 

The Place and Need of Vision 
"If you would make the greatest success 
of your life," some one said a number of 
years ago, "tiy to discover what God is 
doing in your time and fling yourself 
into the accomplishment of His puiiDOse 
and will." For the most pai't God's 
revelation of himself has been made through 
historical events. He has always clothed 
His message of salvation in gi-acious deeds 
and there is no reason for the belief that 
He has ceased to intervene in human 
affairs or exhibit His puiiDose to loyal and 
consecrated souls. Histoiy is His story. The 
undevout historian is mad. For Cai'lyle is a 
larger Bible which contains for all who have 
an eye to see and a soul to read aright, a 
clear record of God's puiijose for mankind. 
God is never before His time nor ever 
behind. Historical conditions may delay 
but can never defeat His puipose. There 
are no gaps in nature and none in human 
history. The gi-adual unfolding of the will 
of God is the "one increasing pun^ose," 
which limning through the ages gives 
to history its continuity and meaning. 
Goethe had it that the universe, as we 
know it, is the living gamient of God ; and 
that is even more true of the world from 
the Christian viewpoint, as His puiTOOse 
of gi'ace has been unfolded and is being 
unfolded still. If we would be in full 
sympathy with the message and appeal 
of the world today we must follow 
with reverence the apocalyijse of the 
centuries and behold what God has 
wi'ought. To follow Christ in His triumphant 
march through histoiy and behold Him 
"weaving the living robe of divinity upon 
the iiishing loom of time," is to be 
brought under the power of an appeal at 
once cumulative and irresistible. 

The Pharisees Criticized 

Jesus criticized the Phaiisees not because 
they sought to inten^ret the signs of the 
times but because they inteiijreted them 
altogether too superficially. Engaging 
themselves solely with the bubbles that 
floated on the surface they were wholly 
oblivious of the profounder movements 
of their generation. "Israelite prophetism," 
writes Renan, "was a journalism speaking 
in the name of God." The roots of the 
universality and spirituality of the 
Christian faith are without question to be 
found in the Scriptures of the Old Testament 
and in the great historical intei-ventions 
of the self -revealing Johovah therein 
recorded, but Israel failed to discern 
them and to direct his life in hannony 
therewith. But the source of Israel's 
defection is also tlie source of ours. Nothing 
great is ever achieved without vision. More 
than knowledge, more than organization, 
we need vision — the power to see the things 
that eye hath not seen and to hear the 
things that eai' hath not heai'd, and to feel 
deeply the things that have not entered into 
the heart of man, and to be persuaded that 
these things ai'e of all things the most 
real. Organization, education, imagination, 
these are the great needs always of the 
church but the greatest of these is 
imagination. The church must today 
recover the lost consciousness of Christianity 
as a living faith, creative, original, as 
magnificent in its possibilities of world-wide 
conquest now as when the Damascus vision 
urged Paul foi'wai'd on his missionary 
career. Without this \nsion the most 
complicated organization will be useless — 
machinery without the power to utilize it — 
an encumbrance consuming our strength 
without executing our pun^ose. Many 
causes have contributed to our loss of 
vision — the de\^elopment of modern science, 
our vast material achievements and 
consequent prosperity, modem business 
methods with the sole emjjhasis on 
efficiency, our unprecedented control of the 
forces and resources of the world and our 
evaluation of all life and achievements in 
teiTns of "the abundance of things that 
a man hath." We see things aright only 
as we see them in the light of the 
consummation of God's great pui-]3ose for 
mankind, the heavenly Jenasalem, the perfect 

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order, not made with hands but coming- 
down from heaven. The bool? of 
Revelation is a most daring- attempt 
to describe the unutterable and to g-ive us 
a view of the puiijose of God in complete 
realization. We cannot judge ourselves. 
God is not only working within us but 
beyond us. We most need today a vision 
of the unrecognized activities of Jesus 
Christ, of the unexplored wealth of God, of 
the depth of the riches of the wisdom and 
of the love of God. Viewing the work to 
be accomplished in the light of our own 
strength we ai'e driven to exclaim, "Who 
is sufficient for these thing-s?" but beholding 
our task in the face of Him that hath 
called us we exclaim, "We can do all 
things in him that strengtheneth us." 
When viewed from the mountain top the 
valleys are wondrously attractive, so 
great in possibilities, so broad in their 
reach, so urgent in their need, so 
promising to our touch so that as we go 
down into them we find the valleys 
equally magnificent with the mountains. 
The church needs today the vision of the 
upper air, the spirit of the mountain, the 
vision of things that must come to pass. 

But enough of these details. Let me 
hasten to my contention that this day 
of the world is like none other that has 
ever dawned. We have entered upon 

A Crisis Time in the World's History 

It is no exaggeration to urge that we 
have come to the kingdom for such a time 
as this. The consciousness of standing on 
the verge of a new world, and some think 
on the verge of the last age, is widespread 
among persons having understanding of the 
times and are sensitive to the movements 
of Divine providence and grace. Everywhere 
persons in touch with spiritual movements 
whether at home or abroad, recognize that 
the present situation is critical to a 
supreme degree, and wliile ainazed at the 
opportunities of the new epoch are 
bewildered by its unparalleled dangers 
and responsibilities. We have reached a time 
when nations may be bora in a day, 
but a time also when the awakening nations 
may be perverted at the hour of their 
birth. There is today the possibility of 
a Christian regeneration world-wide in 
its reach ; there may be another Pagan 

Renaissance equally universal and poten 
its influence. The clay is still plastic ; th 
die is yet to be cast ; the history of 
tomorrow may be made to run in moldii 
of our own detei-mining. Of the determi) 
influence of the Apostolic church Renai 
has said that it lifted the gates of the 
Empires from their hinges and turned tl 
stream of histoi-y into channels of its o 
making. Today the gates of Empires arti 
broken down. The old barriers have 
crumbled. Ancient faiths are everyTvhei 
undergoing a process of rapid disintegi-a 
and their temples are falling- to pieces bel 
the light of civilization. Once again God 
has come to His people with vast 
opportunities and is calling all who are 
obedient to Him to use them for a 
world-wide propagation of tlie Gospel. Tl 
Golden Age of the Gospel seems to lie 
immediately before us. "The best is yet 
to be for which the first was made." 
He that hath an ear let him hear what 
the Spirit saith unto the churehes. 

The Past Century 

Consider the century ending with the' 
present year-. Sweep the whole horizon 
and note the changes that have come uf 
humanity in its broader aspects. Not onlj 
is the past one hundred years without 
parallel in human history but there is no > 
other one hundred year's in all the annals ■ 
time wliich can coinpai'e with it except 
the century which gave a Savior to the 
world. As one peiTnits his thought to tra-'i 
back and forth over the period beginning! 
1815 and ending with the current year he 
driven to exclaim, "What hath God 
wrought." These hundred yeai's have 
seen the collapse of all autocratic 
govermnents except Russia, which is 
shaking to its foundations and a few rem< 
and lesser govemments such as Abyssim 
and Afganistan. Everywhere the citadels 
of absolutism have been broken down bey( 
all possibility of restoration. The two 
outstanding movements of the nineteenth 
century were Democracy, the transference 
powers and j^rivileges from the few to the 
many, and Nationalism, the coming to 
something like self-consciousness of entir< 
nations. China, a nation of four hundred 
millions of people, has turned from her 
ancient past and is fast swinging out intc 

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the stream of modem Christian civi'lization. 
It is not saying too much to say that the 
next ten years will decide the fate of 
China for centuries. Turkey has become 
a constitutional government and before the 
"Great War," was showing that the new 
wine could not be contained in the old 
wine-skins. Japan is today exhibiting 
a discontent with her ancient fomis that is 
truly revolutionary. EgyiDt is vacillating 
in her allegiance to the green flag of the 
Prophet and the Union Jack of Great 
Britain. The Dalai Lama, the most 
isolated iiiler of the world, whom ten 
million yellow Buddhists and a few thousand 
demented Theosophists hail as an incarnation 
of the Deity, returned lately from a 
jjilgrimage of Asia having resolved to send 
the choicest of his young men to study the 
thought and ideals of the West. Everj'where 
today there are strivings and yearnings for 
a new order of things born of dissatisfaction 
with the old which are replete with 
promise. It seems today to be as it was in 
Europe on the eve of the Refoniiation; 
and vast social changes for weal or woe 
ai'e everywhere taking place. 

Then too there has been a tremendous 
shrinkage of the world in the past one 
hundred years. The ends of the earth have 
come upon us and before long the 
aeroplane may join hands with wireless 
telegraphy as another human conquest 
of space. The whole world is open and 
accessible. The work of the discoverer is 
done. Railroads are spreading their steel 
cords of brotherhood over the entire earth 
and within the next five years unless 
hindred by the present war it will be 
possible to take a parlor car in Berlin for 
Bagdad and Babylon with one change 
of cars or to travel from Cairo to Capetown 
throughout the entire length of Africa. 
The airship and the submai'ine are creations 
of the past decade and so certain are men 
of the practicability of aerial navigation 
that already rights of ways through the 
air are being preempted. Through the 
discovery of radium the scientific books 
of a decade ago ai'e rendered useless. 
Biologists have explored the realm of 
bacteria with such perfect mastery 
that today mankind exercises a dominion 
over diseases hitherto undreamed of. 
However long the time of man's residence 

upon the earth, for the first time he is 
approaching the dominion to which he is 
entitled by divine gi'ant and for which he is 
fitted by the gift of a power not his own. 

This is a hurried glimpse of the world 
of the past one hundred yeai's. We have 
reached a crisis time in the v/orld's 
history. A tide has come in the affairs of 
the world which must be taken at its flood 
unless there is to be further disintegi'ation 
and decay. Now is the judgment of this 
world ; and at such a crisis the penalty of 
disloyalty can only be measured by the 
blessings which full obedience will assuredly 
bring. The twentieth century, yet in its 
beginnings, may prove to be the crowning 
epoch in the history of the Kingdom of 
God, and can be so if the followers of 
Jesus Christ perceive the call and meet 
the challenge presented by the new 

The Ne« World and the Kingdom 

From the point of view of the Kingdom 
the present ag^e is unquestionably the most 
urgent and critical it has ever faced. 
The nations of the earth are plastic but 
cannot long remain so. "Never since 
Christian missions began," writes Warneck 
of Halle, "have such world-wide opportunities 
been given for the extension of Chrisitanity 
as recent years have brought — Divine 
signals in the histoiy of the world that the 
time is fulfilled for great missionary 
action." According to John R. Mott, than 
whom no person better knows the whole 
world, its needs and opportunities, the 
present urgency and crisis in the Fai' East 
is unmatched by any other crisis and 
opportunity which has confronted the 
Christian church. It involves nothing less 
than the destiny of nearly 500,000,000 
of people in Japan, Korea, China, 
Manchura, and Mongolia. What religion 
shall dominaite these changing people? 
Or shall it be no religion as all? The 
like is tnie also in the Near East, in 
Southern Asia, in all parts of Africa and of 
Latin America. These facts, which could 
be multiplied many times over, indicate that 
the Kingdom is entering upon a new era. 
Old things are passing away; all things 
are fast becoming new. The non-Christian 
fields are ripe unto the hai-vest. They are 
ready for the hai-vesters. It is a source 

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of rejoicing to know that the hai-vesting 
is now on with results that transcend all 
past achievements. But the time has come for 
reaping on a lai'ger scale than has hitherto 
been attempted. In words so plain that 
whoever runs may read Jesus Christ is 
saying to the church today, "Lift up your 
eyes upon the fields ready for the hai-vest." 

I hear the voice 

Of one who calleth, 

Calleth sweet and clear, 

For men to reap for Him 

A harvest white. 

Oh, soul of mine, rise up and answer Him 

Before the night, 

The long night falleth, 

And the day be gone, Thy day be gone. 
When some years ago William T. Stead 
published his book entitled, "The 
Americanization of the World," we not 
only thought the title fantastic but the 
ascription to America of an influence not 
only unprecedented in histoiy but wholly 
unreal. But the process obsei-ved by Mr. 
Stead has been at work for a long time 
and is today discernible throughout 
the whole earth. The uniqueness of our 
civilization is exhibited in the peculiai' 
place which America holds among the 
nations of the world. Mazzini said that 
the nations are citizens of humanity, as 
individuals are citizens of the nations. 
"Once to every man and nation comes the 
moment to decide." Whoever is fainiliar with 
the histoiy of the nations will give ready 
assent to the statement that no nation 
past or present has ever exercised the 
dominion over the lives and affections and 
ideals of mankind exercised, consciously 
or unconsciously, by the United States of 
America today. America is today leading 
the nations of the earth by the heaii; strings. 
The discontent and disintegi'ation of the 
various peoples of the earth already 
referred to ai'e due wholly to the influence 
of American ideas and ideals. In increasing 
numbers from year to year the old world 
is sending its sons and daughters to 
America to school. Lord Hugh Cecil 
recently informed the people of England 
that in making its new constitution China 
followed American rather than Eng-lish 
precedents. Both Egyi)t and India in their 
endeavors after better ideals of life 
and government openly avow that they ai-e 


following after American ideals. Japan got 
her new life from beyond the Pacific. 
Wherever one travels today he finds 
the growing influence of American ideas 
and ideals. No land is so isolated that it 
has not felt the wai'ming and tranformin^ 
influence of our American life. Doubtless 
every nation of the past has had its day 
of visitation but to no other nation, past 
or present, has come an opportunity so 
momentous, a challenge so commanding 
vision so splendid as today confronts the 
United States of America. "They little 
know of America who only America know.' 
Socially, politically, commerciaHy the 
Americanization of the world is practically 
completed. Our Englist tongue is fast 
becoming the universal medium of exchang* 
of thought. In this hour of international 
confusion America stands in the limelight. 
Peace reigns in our midst and prosperity 
abounds within our confines. Americ-a 
holds a unique place among the powers 
of the world today. Unimpoverished by wan 
untrammeled by passion, she stands 
today as God's elect among the nations, 
the ambassador of the Good Tidings of 
Salvation to the whole world. At this 
very moment America holds the destiny ; 
of the world under her conti'ol. 
What a challenge! What an opportunity. 

Opportunity Involves Responsibility 

The possession of power is always 
fraught with responsibility. America has ; 
unmade the old ; she must remake the new. 
What she has begun everywhere she j 

must complete. Millions of souls today ai'e ' 
looking to America for guidance and 
inspiration. Their future is almost wholly 
in our hands. Let America fail today and thii 
result will be the greatest calamity of all 
history. We dare not sun'ender the place 
of leadership which is ours today. We 
owe our best to the world. "The hopes 
and fears of all the yeai's," ai'e with us stillj 
To the east of us and to the west of us | 
lie all the unsolved problems of the world. ' 
Our front door opens towai'd the millions! 
of Africa while our rear door opens 
toward the unevangelized million of Asia. : 
Like clay in the hands of the pc^tter, so thai 
whole world lies plastic in our hands. 
As goes America so also goes the world. 
No nation ever touched the world at so man 

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points as America is toucliing the nations 
of the earth today. The impact of America 
upon the whole world is altogether 
unprecedented in the world's history. Our 
western civilization is spreading ai'ound 
the world. The question of the hour, not 
for America only, but for the whole world is 
whether this civilization is to be sincerely 
and genuinely Christian. America has 
become rich and powerful; she has vast 
material resources and boundless 
territory; she has won for herself an 
enviable place in the world of Literature, 
Art, Science and Philosophy; here have 
been given birth and the fullest and freest 
expression of those constiiictive 
influences which will deteraiine the 
tomorrow for the whole world. America's 
supreme task at this veiy hour is to bring all 
these resources and powers and constiiictive 
principles under the control of Jesus 

Christianization of America 

"What lends added significance to the 
present situation." writes John R. Mott, "is 
the fact that this time of unparalleled 
enlargement of opportunity (to the 
churches of the United States) comes at a 
time when the Christian church is called 
upon to deal with some of the most 
difficult problems with which it has ever 
had to grapple on the home field." America 
has always been regarded as peculiai-ly the 
child of Providence. From many a puli^it and 
platfoi-m we have been told that we ai-e, 
to a greater degi'ee than Israel of old, 
God's chosen people. The poet, whose 
eagle eye pierces far into the future, 
beholds America, not only as the heir of the 
whole past, and foremost in the files of 
time but as the fifth and final act of the 
drama of human history. May the time 
never come when we shall no longer regai'd 
our nation as peculiai-ly the land of God's own 
planting and ceases to believe that the 
Lord of hosts by whose turaings and 
overtumings history is made, has destined 
America to be the teacher, the exemplai*. the 
inspirer of the Christian ideals of justice, 
brotherhood and mutual sendee. To many 
persons America seems to be the nation 
chosen of God as His laboratoiy in which is 
to be perfected His final experiment in 
human self-government. 

But America is today very far from 
being Christian. There ai'e vast ai'eas 
of our life that have not yet felt the 
wamiing, determining influence of the 
Spirit of Jesus Christ. Scarcely more than 
one-third of our population is nominally 
Christian. The Word of God is no longer 
precious to the multitudes. Education 
and religion have been divorced. The 
church, we are told, has either collapsed 
or is decadent. Who would care to say that 
American politics, although decidedly better 
than a few years ago, finds motive and 
rationale in the Gospel of the Kingdom ? 
Who would care to assert that our 
commercial life is motived and determined 
by Christian principles and standards? 
Would our expenditures for dress and 
food and show be so fabulously large, if we 
sought "first the Kingdom of God and 
its righteousness" ? If America were 
sincerely and truly Christian would she or 
would she not pennit her citizens to engage 
in the wholesale manufacture and sale of 
implements of war to the belligerent 
nations of Europe? Were America wholly 
Christian would she longer pennit within 
her borders those institutions that not only 
destroy individual life and bring on the 
disintegration of our social life, but make 
impossible the lai'ger growth and efficacy 
of those Christian principles and ideals in 
consequence of which we have come to our 
place of world-wide power and influence? 

Can America Be Wholly Evangelized? 

The forces at work here will be at 
woi-k in the world tomoiTow. "It is one 
thing," writes Shailer Mathews, to be 
great and powerful; to have vast material 
resources and an ever increasing amount 
of intellectual power; but it is quite 
another thing to have all these resources 
and these powers, all the constiiictive 
influences of civilivation subjected to the 
ideals and Person of our Lord Jesus 
Christ." It has already been shown that our 
American civilization is conquering the whole 
world. Will the Gospel of Jesus Christ 
conquer our civilization? The answer to the 
question if given at all must be given by 
the Christians of America. The problem 
therefore of our American Christianity 
is to prove itself equal to the hour with its 
unique task. If Christianity cannot 

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The Brethren Evangj 

meet tlie problems of our own land it 
cannot meet the problems of the world. It is 
also to be noted that the secret of our 
civilization — despite much of the paganism 
that yet remains — is to be found in our 
Christian faith. For a century and a half 
every aspect and department of our life felt 
the detennining influence of the Christian 
faith. From the beginning of our national 
existence until the middle of the 
nineteenth century our educational system, 
including our institutions of hig-her learning, 
were practically all of them founded under 
Christian auspices and with a distinct 
Christian punjose. While our life was much 
simpler than now and in consequence our 
problems fewer and less urgent, the church 
proved itself equal to whatever demands 
were made upon it. The church was 
everywhere regai-ded as a resource and the 
state co-operated with it in all attempts 
at social correction and bettennent. Today 
a significant change has come. Individuals 
are everywhere insisting that the program 
of political and social Ijetterment is 
defeated by its association with the church. 
When asked why so many Englishmen of 
Ijrilliant pai-ts and achievements were 
not identified with the church, a noted 
English countiyman rejDlied, "They ai'e too 
seriously moral." To defame the church is an 
easy road to popularity today and many are 
traveling thereon. The church has permitted 
many of her children to stray from her 
fold and she has no greater task today 
than the bringing of them back to their 
place or origin and their only source of 
inspiration and power. From its very 
beginnings the church has made ample 
provisions for the poor and oppressed, but 
today so-called social service has strayed 
from the church and returns to the church 
only as a fertile field in which to secure 
funds with which to meet the needs of 
society and persons to distribute them. 
Opposition to the saloon was bom within 
the precints of the church tout today has 
strayed into the realm of politics where 
it is often made to feel like an orphan 
lacking a legitimate home and adequate 
support. Why should a chai'latan like 
Pastor Russel, or a dementia like Mai'y 
Baker Eddy, or an extremist like John 
Alexander Dowie, command a larger 
hearing than is given today to a genuine 

servant of God who declares the "whole 
counsel of God?" It has not always been i 
so. It need not be so now. It is not the 
will of God that it be so. The blame is ou 
Let us look to the Christ whose body the 
church is, the living Christ, the only 
Savior of mankind, the ever-present Brotll 
of needy humanity for our program of lift! 
however multiform its expression may 
have to be. Our day may be dreadful 
or glorious according as we view it; dread, 
to the individual who has made common 
cause witli the tottering forces of evil ; 
glorious to him who believes that God 
is doing wondrous things in His world 
today. The vital question for eveiy man 
of us today to ask himself is: Are we 
putting the Christ into this new and 
strategic era that has opened itself to us 
Precisely here we are to find the task of 
church today. To Christianize America am 
Americanize the world — ^this is our 
supreme task and our trajiscendent 
opportunity. This is the challenge of the 
new world. 

The Brethren Church Has a Unique Sh) 

I come now to the practical application 
of what has been set out in considerable 
detail. To some veiy much of what has 
been written will seem extravagant. To ; 
exaggerate the significance of one's age 
and task is both common and natural. Bui 
the Providence of it all seems perfectly 
evident and convincing — the Providence tl 
has made America ready for the worfd 
and the world ready for America. Today 
as never before in our history our eyes 
have been lifted up to a world vision and a 
the very hour when the world most 
needed our beholding. For two thousand 
years the Master has been saying, 
"Lift up your eyes unto the fields ripe for 
the hai'vest." Great days and achievemen' 
are behind us but greater days and 
achievements are ahead of us. 'Tis glorious 
be alive today. Whoever does not desii-e 
to live through the next ten years of the 
world's history is wholly ignorant of what 
God is about to accomplish. Three great 
achievements which a decade ago seemed 
wholly impossible are now within the 
limits of the assured — a saloonless nation 
the disarmament of the nations and the 
world-wide spreading of the Gospel. 

laiy 31, 1970 

Page Twenty-one 

And ill bringing these three things to pass 
I believe tliat tlie Bretliren churcii lias a 
lai-ge and necessai'y contribution to make. 
For this the church has been kept 
isolated fi'om the hurrying life of the 
nations as a whole. No church has been 
freer from the multitude of religious 
fantasies and aberrations that have swept 
and are still sweeping over our land. Here 
is a growing body of believers that hold 
to the whole Word of God tenaciously and 
seriously. We ai'e today the finest example of 
scriptural democracy in the world. While 
having no creed other than that contained 
in the Word of God it nevertheless remains 
true that there is no religious body in 
world so neai-ly a unit in faith and practice 
as the Brethren church. The acceptance 
of the report of "The Committee of 
Twenty-five" will mark a new era in our 
history; our polity will be as wise practically 
as it will be sound scripturally. The 
unification of all our denominational 
activities will be assured as never before. 
Our loyalty to our Lord and to the Word 
of God was never more marked than today. 
Glancing over our histoiy, brief but 
brOHant, checkered but consistent, we behold 

a past replete with triumphs; and gazing 
into the opening yeai's we behold a future of 
transcendent splendor. For such a time as 
this surely we have come to the kingdom. 
"To the law and testimony," has ever 
been our slogan. While many a 
denominational craft is today at the mercy 
of the waves of intellectual confusion and 
uncertainty we have always been possessed 
of chart and compass. Today America 
needs to heai' again the voice of the 
Supreme Teacher. Christ calls. 

The Son of God goes forth to wai-, 
Who follows in His train? 

The challenge of the new world presents 
to us larger opportunities. The time 
has come for us to measure ourselves in 
world terms and assume our share of the 
burden of meeting world problems. We dare 
not offer age or size as apologies for 
inactivity. Draw your own conclusion. 
Catch the vision God is presenting to the 
men and women of this generation. Hear the 
call. Face the larger opportunities. 
Make bold to try our God who delights to 
do the impossible. Be not faithless, but 

ilifornia Schools Get First Moral Guidelines — 

OS Angeles (EP) — A conservative, fundamentalist 

ement was turned down and a moderate, non- 

gious statement adopted by the State Board of Edu- 

on as it ctiose tlie first moral guideline for Cali- 

lia public schools. 

here would have been no religious content at all in 

guidelines except for last-minute amendments forced 

noisy, placard-carrying members of the overflow 

ience at the hearings. 

he amendments read: "For many Americans, from 

beginning until now, the dominant religious and 
:al influence has been the Judeo-Christian heritage 

its Bibhcally derived teachings. The educational 
i should include recognizing these historical sources 
norality and evaluating fairly the various approaches 
noral life held by different segments of our society." 
a addition, the board also inserted a sentence stating 
t the public schools do have a role to play in teach- 

"moral and spiritual values" by "supplementing" the 
ne and religious institutions. 

'he guidelines were written by a citizens committee 
ded by the Rev. Donn Moomaw, pastor of Governor 
laid Reagan at Bel-Air Presbyterian Church. 

Dr. David A. Hubbard, president of Fuller Theological 
Seminary, was one of the principal authors of the 
Moomaw document. Hubbard said the report attempts 
to "represent the citizens of all the state, rather than 
any one faction or point of view." 

The board turned a deaf ear to impassioned exhorta- 
tions of conservative groups wanting to adopt a set of 
Protestant fundamentalist principles authored by Dr. 
Edwin Klotz. But members did vote to designate the 
Klotz report as background or bibliographical material 
for the adopted document. 

The Moomaw report originally stated that "the public 
schools of our state axe not to assume the roles of the 
home and of religious institutions in teaching moral 
and spiritucd values. . . ." That was struck out in favor 
of language giving schools responsibility for "supple- 
menting" the home and church in this endeavor. 

The adopted "Guidelines for the Education of Respon- 
sible Citizens in the Public Schools of California" are 
not mandatory in local school districts. However, they 
will provide the foundation for future curricular pro- 
grams and teacher-training proposals on the subject 
of morality which will be recommended to local districts 
and colleges by the board. 

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The Brethren Evai 

Uniting for 

UNDERWAY— a movement of 
church renewal and united 
evangehstic endeavor unpai'aned in 
the liistory of many countries. It is 
more than traditional localized 
evangelism. It is a strategy of 
in-depth evangelization which lays 
a foundation of church renewal and 
on this builds a program of total 
mobilization for total evangelization. 
The name of the program varies from 
country to country, thus causing 
some obsei-vers to miss the full 
scope of the movement. But the 
strategy is the same: a united 
effort to mobilize evei-y believer and 
his resources in a coordinated 
program of witness to reach every 


Christians in approximately 
twenty African nations ai'e giving 
serious attention to the strategy of 
in-depth evangelism. Some ai-e in the 

initial stages of study and plannir 
Others are well along in implemer 
a successful progi"am. 

BURUNDI: New Life for AlH 

has just concluded the second 
phase of its nationwide program ' 
a series of leaders' retreats held^ 
in seven areas during August andi 
September. The next phase is a i 
series of training classes sponsor) 
in each church, aimed at making 
every believer a more effective 

CAMEROON : Word has just | 
received that a program of New \ 
Life for All Outreach is geitting i 
underway in this country of \ 
5,711,000 population. | 


Delegates at the National Congress 
of Evangelism in Kinshasa, Augu 
11-18, 1969, completed their sess» 
with the declared intention of 

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reaching- every person in Cong-o with 
tlie Gospel of Jesus Clirist. 
Christians now number one million 
out of a total population of 17 

A long-range program of in-depth 
evangelism — Christ for All — ^began 
in Congo three yeai's ago. The 
enthusiasm with which plans for total 
evangelization were amiounced at the 
Congress by depai'tment heads of 
the Congo Protestant Council 
indicates how deeply the vision and 
principles of Christ for All have 
taken root in the Cong-o Church. 

MALI: Leaders report New Life 
for All is already producing a marked 
increase iia conversions, even thoug-h 
foraial evangelistic meetings are not 
scheduled until later. The program 
is in the early stages with prayer 
cells having recently been organized 
and with pastors now prepaiing their 
people for effective personal 

NIGERIA: New Life for All 

continues to move foi"ward 
experiencing remarkable results in 
church growth. This is the sixth year 
for this program of in-depth 
evangelism in the most populous 
country of Africa (62,187,000). 
Special emphasis is now being 
given to the northern states of the 
country. In spite of the fact that it is 
a primaaily Muslim ai'ea and 
traditionally unresponsive to the 
gospel, recent response has been 
beyond expectation. 

RHODESIA: Ninety-five 
delegates, representing almost every 
denomination in Rhodesia, met in 
September to plan their coming 
nationwide New Life for All campaign 
and to elect the 30-member 
Executive Committee. Thus far eleven 
denominations have officially 
endorsed the program. 

SIERRA LEONE : Retreats for 
pastors and church leaders which 
were held during September ai'e pai-t 

of the New Life for All program in 
this west Africa nation. 


The Church in Asia is showing 
signs of renewed concern for 
evangelism. This is in part due to the 
Asia-South Pacific Congress on 
Evangelism in November, 1968, and 
through contact with various 
movements of evangelism. Several 
Asian nations are considering a 
national program of in-depth 
evangelism. Interdenominational 
groups ai'e discussing the possibility 
in some countries while in other ai'eas 
the churches have already outlined 
a program and set tentative dates. 

JAPAN : The first Japanese 
program of in-depth evangelism is 
scheduled to stai't on the island 
of Shikoku in 1970. It is called 
Total MobiUzation and is being 
planned and directed by local leaders 
in Shikoku. As part of eai'ly planning 
there was a training institute during 
four days of November. Prayer cells 
were then scheduled for eaiiy 
January. An estimated 8.5% of the 
churches on Shikoku will be 

SINGAPORE : Bishop Chandu 
Ray assumed the post as the first 
Executive Director of the 
Coordinating Office for Asian 
Evangelism (COFAE) on July 1, 
1969. The office was established as a 
result of a resolution passed by the 
more than 1,100 delegates to the 
Asia-South Pacific Congress on 
Evangelism. The puii^ose of the 
new office is to coordinate the work 
of evangelism, disseminate 
infomiation about evangelistic 
activity, and engage in reseai-ch 
projects for evang-elism. 

Malcolm Bradshaw, on loan from 
Overseas Missionai-y Fellowship, 
arrived in Singapore in September, 
1969, to represent the Office of 
Worldmde Evangelism-in Depth. 
Infomiation and materials are 
available through this office and 

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The Brethren Evangi 

Mr. Bradshaw is available for 
consultation to church leaders of 
Asia who are considering a program 
of in-depth evangelism. 

VIETNAM: In spite of 
destruction, tumioil and the 
uncertainties of war, Christians in 
Vietnam are mobilizing for a 
systematic program of in-depth 
evangelism. The program is called 
Evangelism Deep and Wide. Planning 
is in the eai'ly stages as special 
literature is being prepai-ed and 
prayer groups are I)eing organized. 
Speai'heading the evangelistic thrust 
is the Vietnam Christian and 
Missionary Alliance Mission and the 
Evangelical Church. South Vietnam 
has a population of 16,124,000. 


PORTUGAL: Another part of 
the world with another program of 
iu-depth evangelism is Portugal with 
its Evangelical Action. The program 
is in the early stages with a series 
of 13 regional institutes now 
undei-way for pastors and key 
laymen. A national team of six 
instructors is directing the 
institutes, providing the pastors 
and laymen with 18 hours of 
instiTiction. Paralleling the institutes 
is the prepai'ation of printed 
materials and the organization of 
small prayer groups throughout the 

ECUADOR: Impacto, the offii 
newspaper of Evangelism-in-Deptl 
in Ecuador, reports that more th£ 
1,000 leaders received instraction 
the initial training program. The 
are now serving as instructors in 
churches througout the nation to 
help prepare fellow Christians for 
more effective witness. The cun'e 
series of training classes began 
September 21 and continued throi 
December 14, 1969. 

Evangelism-in-Depth in Ecuadoi 
officially began July, 1969, and 
continues through August, 1970. 
Ecuador is the tenth Latin Ameri 
country to mobilize its Christian 
forees in a program of in-depth 

Eastern Pennsylvania is the name 
a program of in-depth evangelism 
getting underway in the United 
States. An estimated 36 counties ■ 
eastern Pennsylvania will be involv 
The program is scheduled to 
stai"t in 1971 and will be extended 
over a three-year period. Leadersh 
seminai's were being held during 
November and December, 1969, t(' 
acquaint pastors with the principli 
of in-depth evangelism and to 
outline a program for their area. 
— Office of Worldwide 
Latin American Missioi 


THE CURTISES left the States 
December 29, 1969, on a blue-sky, 
sunny, winter day. But is was winter 
and they were loaded down with 
heavy wearing apparel and also those 
flight bags, knitting bag, doll and 
doll case. We were certain they 
would swelter when they arrived in 

the 95 degTee humid weather of 
Buenos Aires, Argentina, and from 
this picture we can see they were 
carrying their coats and sweaters 
upon arrival. 

The Curtises almost got a 
second send-off airiving from the 
Cleveland Hopkins Airport to New 

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York City. Reverend Lester King had 
been in New York for the wedding of 
his granddaughter, Susan Byler, on 
December 28 to Daniel BatUe, and 
while waiting for his return flight 
to Columbus, Ohio, he was sending 
public address messages to Curtises 
and stai'ted a personal hunting trip 
through the New York aii'port 
papulation, but all to no avail ! 

Bill, Fran and Debbie, having 
had her tenth birthday on January 
20, feel quite at home in the 
headquarter's apai'tment building. 
They have moved into the apai'tment 
occupied by the John Rowsey 
family which has been all settled 
with their own furnishings. The 
Rowseys, prepai'ing for their 
final month in Argentina, have sold 
their furnishings and all household 
goods, and set up the Curtis 
furnishings in the apartment 
they're all shai'ing. John says that he 
feels like a visitor in his own house 
with all the unfamiliar furnishings. 
These missionai'ies ai'e wonderful 
campers — shai'ing, crowding and 

In January, 1965. when their first 
tour of missionaiy service started in 
Argentina, Bill's first duties were 
at the interdenominational 
evangelical radio studio known as 
CAVEA. In addition to his technical 
work there, he pastored the Nunez 

Church in Buenos Aires. Januaiy, 
1967, they moved to Cordoba and 
Reverend Curtis pastored the church 
during their building program and 
until their depaiture to the States. 

The Curtises had an extensive 
deputation program among the 
Brethren Churches for a year and 
Bill attended the Congress on 
Evangelism in Minnesota this 
past fall and participated in a 
Church Growth Seminar along 
with Kumar (missionaiy to India) 
at Winona Lake. Fran spent many 
hours in organ practice that her 
ministry might be more effective 
upon their return to Argentina, 
also. Missionaries do not have a 
yeai' of rest but a year of sei-vice 
and prepai-ation for the future 
mission work in the field they love. 
The Curtises said they felt so 
refreshed and so veiy thankful for 
the fine year among the Brethren in 
the States. 

Their address is: O'Higgins 3162, 
Buenos Aires, 29, Argentina, South 

Bill will again take up duties at 
the headquarters building in 
cooperation with CAVEA and will 
also be used in evangelism 
campaigns, camp programs, 
administration and the 1,001 jobs 
titled "missionaiT work." 

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Curtises arriving in Argentina for a four-year 
of service. 1. to r. — Fran, Debbie and Bill 

Page Twenly-six 

The Brethi-en Evani 


REVEREND Kenneth L. Solomon, on a year's leave 
from missionciry service, had been attending the 
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, 
Kentucky, and was awarded the graduate specialist in 
religious education degree during the January gradua- 
tion exercises. 
Prior to his service as a missionary in Argentina in 

1958, he received his bachelor of divinity degree 
Ashland College and a master of religious educ 
degree from the Hartford School of Religious Educi 
The Solomons have been in the States since Ap 
1968 doing deputation work among the Brethren Ch 
es and now having completed his degree will leav 
States January 29 for their third term of service o 
field. They will return to Argentina via Mexico 
for a few day's vacation en route. 




rIE ANNUAL Spiritual Conference of the Argei 
Brethren Church will be held beginning Febr- 
7. The annual business conferences are held in Bu 
Aires and the annual spiritual conferences are hel 
the summer months at the Bible Institute in Sol 
Pray for the church and the workers in Argenti; 
pray that they might continue to grow in number 
Christian maturity and pray for the day they will n 
out to their own mission field. 


""piTE REGULAR winter meeting- of The JVOssionaiy Board of The 
Brethren Church will be held in Ashland, Ohio on February 9-11, 1970. 
The eighteen board members from all districts within the structure of The 
Brethren Church will be meeting- to make decisions relative to re-building- 
at Lost Creek following the destructive fire of Decem'ber 26th. The General 
Secretary, M. Virgil Ingraham, just returning from his administrative 
visit to India -will present the structure of the new mission work in 
Rajahmundry for which K. Prasantha Kumai- wiW be the director. 

Pray that God's will may be sought and followed among the Board mem- 
bers during this forthcoming meeting and then we might all join forces 
to cai'i-y out His will. 

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Isaiah 61:1-2; Luke 4:16-18 

ary 31, 1970 

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XL ew s . 

• • 

hington, D.C. The congregation 
St recently conducted a Survey- 
sitation Program in the church 
ighborhood according to Rev. 
)bert L. Keplinger, pastor. A 
tal of 32 persons made a totad of 
7 contacts for the church and 
r the Lord. Results have been 
en already! 

sburgh, Pa. Rev. Richard God- 
in reports that two persons re- 
ntly were received into member- 
lip of the church. The congre- 
Ltion has just recently moved 
to a new church just a few 
ocks from the original church, 
id the work is moving along real 

iton (Trinity), Oliio. Rev. John 
. Byler reports that the work of 
\e church has progressed very 
■ell in recent months. Sunday 
/ening services have been devoted 
) science films sponsored by the 
outh group. Also, several have 
3me into the church membership 
y baptism and transfer of letter. 

■an, Ohio. The new baptistry in 
le new church building was used 
sr the first time on Sunday 
vening, December 21, 1969, when 
3ur persons were baptized. The 
irst services in the sanctuary of 
tie new building were conducted 
n Sunday morning, January 11, 
970, with 220 in attendance! Rev. 
i. W. Dodds reports that the 
inishing work is coming along 
ery well. 

shen, Ind. Through the news- 
etter it is learned that Rev. Waldo 
Jaby has been supply pastor for 
he church during the month of 
ranuary. Also, Mr. James Tritch 
s in charge of the midweek ser- 

irsaw, Ind. Rev. Paul D. Tinkel, 
)astor, reports that fifteen per- 


sons were recently received into 
the church. These were received 
by baptism and confirmation. Rev. 
Tinkel has closed his pastorate at 
this church and has moved to New- 
Paris, Indiana, where he will 
assume the pastorate there. 

Waterloo, Iowa. Rev. James R. Black 
has reported through his church 
newsletter that Mr. and Mrs. 
Arthur Hoppenworth and Mr. and 
Mrs. Keitli Brown were recently 
ordained as deacons and deaconess- 
es with Rev. Gene HoUinger assist- 
ing. Rev. Black has closed his 
pastorate at Waterloo and has 
assumed the pastorate at Milledge- 
ville, Illinois. 

Sarasota, Fla. Rev. J. D. Hamel has 
reported through his church bulle- 
tins that Mr. David Ritchie is 
serving as assistant to the pastor. 
Part of his responsibilities will be 
hospital calling and visitation of 
prospective and regular members. 
Mr. Ritchie is volunteering his 
service as a labor of love. 


HOCKMAN. Mr. George Garfield 
Hockman, age 89, of Maurertown, 
Virginia passed away recently. His 
funeral services were conducted on 
Wednesday. December 10, 1969, by 
his pastor. Rev. Doc Shank, assisted 
by Rev. Leonard Larson. Mr. Hock- 
man was a past deacon and trustee 
of the Maurertown Brethren Church. 
Mrs. Frankie DerfUnger 
* * * 

PUTMAN. Mr. Terry Lee PutnEun, 
age 21, was fatally injured in an 
automobile accident on Saturday, 
December 19, 1969. Funeral services 
were held on December 23 in the 
Maurertown Brethren Church with 

Rev. Doc Shank officiating. Terry 
was a member of the church and a 
veteran of the Vietnam war. 

Mrs. Frankie Derflinger 

* * * 

SHRUM. Funeral services for Mr. 
Hubert Franklin Shrum, age 78, 
were conducted on Saturday, Decem- 
ber 27, 1969, by Rev. Doc Shank. 
Mr. Shrum was a member of the 
Maurertown Brethren Church of 
Maurertown, Virginia. 

Mrs. Frankie Derflinger 

* * * 

SMOOT. Rev. Doc Shank officiated 
at the funeral services of Mrs. Gail 
Louise Smoot, age 51, on Thursday, 
January 8, 1970. Several of her chil- 
dren are members of the St. Luke 
Brethren Church near Woodstock, 

Mrs. Frankie Derflinger 

* * * 

KURD. Memorial services for 
Mrs. Mary Hurd, age 92, were con- 
ducted on Thursday, January 8, 
1970, by the undersigned. Mrs. Hurd 
was a retired school teacher and was 
a long-time member of the First 
Brethren Church of Milford, Indiana. 
Rev. Albert O. Curtright 

* * * 

LOGAN. Mr. Mark Logan, age 
53, passed away on December 22, 
1969, following a heart attack. His 
funeral services were conducted at 
the Bethlehem Brethren Church, 
Harrisonburg, Virginia, on December 
24, 1969, by the undersigned assisted 
by the Rev. Olon B. Landes. Burial 
was in the Dayton, Virginia Ceme- 

He was a member of the Bethle- 
hem Brethren Church and was serv- 
ing as chairman of the Deacons 
Board at the time of his death. He 
was also a member of the South- 
eastern District Mission Board and 
gave unselfishly of time and posses- 
sions to the work of the Chandon 
Brethren Church in Herndon, Vir- 

Also, at the time of his death he 
was serving as one of Rockingham 
County's Supervisors, a position to 
which he was elected in 1967. 

Rev. Marlin McCann 

* * * 

LOCKE. Mrs. Stanley (Rheda) 
Locke, age 73, passed away on Fri- 
day, October 31, 1969. Funeral ser- 
vices were conducted at the Dutch- 
town Brethren Church, Dutchtown, 
Indiana, on Tuesday, November 4, 

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with Rev. George Pontius, pastor, 
in charge. She was a long-time mem- 
ber of the Dutchtown Brethren 

Mrs. Robert Webster 

SHRINER. Mr. Henry Shriner 
passed away on Sunday, November 
2, 1969. He was 89 years of age and 
had been ill for 7 years. He was a 
member of the Dutchtown Brethren 
Church, Dutchtown, Indiana. Funer- 
al services were conducted at the 
Dutchtown Brethren Church on 
November 5 with Rev. George 
Pontius, pastor, officiating. Inter- 
ment was in the Oakwood Cemetery 
in Warsaw, Indiana. 

Mrs. Robert Webster 


Jean Raynor became the bride of 
Mr. Terry Michael Rullie on Sunday, 
October 26, 1969, in a double-ring 
ceremony performed by Rev. Doc 
Shank in the Maurertown Brethren 
Church, Maurertown, Virginia. Mrs. 
Raynor is a member of the church. 
Mrs. Frankie Derflinger 
* * * 

VOS-KIZER. On Saturday, Decem- 
ber 27, 1969, Miss Paulette Vos be- 
came the bride of Mr. Jan Kizer. 
The ceremony was performed by 
the undersigned in the First Breth- 
ren Church of MiLford, Indiana. 
Mrs. Kizer is the daughter of Mr. 
and Mrs. Paul Vos and Mr. Kizer is 

The Brethren EvanilF 

the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul ; 
Mr. Kizer is a member of the - 
Brethren Church of Milford. 
couple are presently resldini ' 
Waubee Lake. 

Rev. Albert O. Curtrl 


uary 16, 1970, in the sanctua 
the First Brethren Church of 
ford, Indiana, Miss Beverly 
Rassi became the bride of Mr. 
Letter. The ceremony was so! 
ized by the undersigned. Mrs. I 
is the daughter of Mr. and 
Robert Rassi and Is a membi 
the First Bretliren Church of 
ford of which her father is pres 
moderator. The couple will resi 
Winona Lake, Indiana. 

Rev. Albert O. Curtrii 

World Religious News 


Glendale, California (EP) — At 
midnight. New Year's Eve, the first 
of a team of 80 readers began read- 
ing aloud the entire Bible here. They 
finished 88 hours later at 3:45 p.m. 
Sunday, January 4 in a crowded 
broadcast theater here where Sev- 
enth-day Adventist radio preacher 
H.M.S. Richards records his weekly 
"Voice of Prophecy" program. 

During the continuous reading 
volunteers read in 30-minutes shifts. 

"We read it as a recommendation 
to men and women everywhere that 
the good counsels of the Bible are 
as useful in 1970 as they were in the 
past," said Dr. Richards. 

Eight state governors sent in their 
selected passages, mostly Psalms, by 
tape recordings. These were spaced 
where appropriate as the reading 
schedule progressed. 

Participating in the reading were 
Gov. Jack Williams, Arizona; Russell 
W. Peterson, Delaware; Lester Mad- 
dox, Georgia; Don Samuelson, Ida- 




ho; Richard B. OgUvie, Illinois; 
William Milliken, Michigan; Robert 
W. Scott, North Carolina, and Frank 
Farrar, South Dakota. 

Selected passages of the Scriptures 
were read in 15 languages, including 
Armenian, Vietnamese, Russian, Ko- 
rean, and Navajo. 

The reading marathon of the 
Bible's 1,189 chapters, 38,232 verses, 
and 874,746 words was staged. Dr. 
Richards said, "to tell America, 
'Remember the Book!' " 


Jackson, Miss. (EP) — A contingent 
of Mississippi clergymen has called 
for efforts to make their state's 
public school system a model for the 
nation in the face of court-ordered 

The statement was released by a 
group of ministers seeking to form 
a permanent Mississippi corrference 
of religious leaders. The committee 
contains leaders of all major faiths. 

"What better incentive could God 

give us for racial harmony than 
cern for our children?" the mini 


New York (EP)— A small 
New York Times states the the( 
of an anonymous advertiser 
bought space to say: 

"In Defense of God: A sc 
confessed on TV to shooting W( 
and children and he said God 
punished him later when he ste 
on a mine. The Christian Go 
love does not strike down the wi 
nor cause the innocent to sl 
Any form of Divine punishme) 
this world is in the withholdin 
God's help. If you desire God's 
for yourself or for a loved one, 
must learn, trust and obey His n 
and spiritual laws. 

"Think on These Things." 


Boston (EP)— "Only the ch 
can do anything significant ti. 
lieve our underlying problems,' 
new executive director of the Ef 
gelistic Association of New Engl 
declared here. 

Speaking was Donald H. 
executive head of the 82-yea) 
association, in an address to se? 
hundred clergy and lay leaders . 
all parts of New England durinj 
10th annual New England Conj I 

iry 31, 1970 

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angelism January 6. 

long immediate problems cited 

le Rev. Mr. Gill were the In- 

tng use of drugs ajid alcohol as 

e from the sordid realities of 

ime, the increasing crime rate, 

il immorality, racial injustice, 

hatred, and the general feeling 

)stness" by millions. 

;me of the two-day congress 

"Evangelism; Our Task for the 

'ticipating also were the Rev. 
Lithur Walmsley, general secre- 
of the Massachusetts CouncU 
lurches; the Rev. Dr. Harold J. 
nga, president of Gordon-Con- 
Theological Seminary; Dr. D. 
s Kennedy of Fort Lauderdale, 
r of the Coral Ridge Presby- 
1 Church; the Rev. Ben C. John- 
Atlanca, executive director, In- 
;e of Church Renewal; the Rev. 
3 Larson, New York City, presi- 
Faith at Work; the Rev. Ralph 
ill of Los Angeles, evangelist 
the BUly Graham Evangelistic 
elation; and the Rev. Charles 
and the Rev. W. Scott Nyborg, 
associated with Worldwide 
gelism-in-Depth program. 


ipei, Taiwan (EP) — The intrepid 
British missionary to China 
e story was depicted in the 
e, "The Inn of the Sixth Hap- 
;s," died here of pneumonia at 

rty years ago the petite parlor- 
told her parents, "Never get 
ut or pay ransom for me. God 

e then set out from London to 
a. with a bedroll, a kettle, a 
?pan, a suitcase of canned food, 
tie change and much religious 

e zeal of "The Small Woman" 
to carry the message of Christ 
e Chinese. She settled in Yang- 
g where she Joined Mrs. Jeannie 
son, veteran missionary. Togeth- 
(ley started an inn for mule 
?rs. The first words in Chinese 
Aylward learned were, "We 
no bugs, we have no fleas. 
I, good, good — come, come, 

T story was written in The 
ler's Digest in 1957 by Alan 
;ess and she toured the United 
;s under sponsorship of World 
in International in the early 


Boston (EP)— A New Y'ork Theo- 
logian has indicated that it may well 
be that Christianity has encouraged 
a "predatory" approach to nature 
which leads to despoiling the en- 

Dr. Roger L. Shinn, professor of 
Applied Christianity at Union Theo- 
logical Seminary in New Y'ork, made 
the observation at Boston Univer- 
sity's three-day conference on "The 
Indentity and Dignity of Man," part 
of the American Association for 
Advancement of Science gathering 
in the city. 

"The Bible in its radical mono- 
theism desacralizes nature," he said. 
"There is one God, the world is His 
creation. Man, given dominion, may 
investigate and appropriate the ob- 
jects of nature. No taboos, no for- 
bidden mysteries, no divinities block 
enterprising man." 

The theologian said modern man 
must revise his relationship to na- 
ture and to his fellow man. 


Princeton, N.J. (EP) — President 
Richard M. Nixon placed first and 
evangelist Billy Graham second in 
the Gallup Poll's "Most Admired 
Man" list for 1969. 

Third was Vice President Spiro T. 
Agnew. Pope Paul VI was ninth. 

The results were based on inter- 
views with 1,511 adults, both men 
and women, during November. The 
two-part question asked: "What man 
that you have heard or read about, 
living today do you admire the 
most? Who is your second choice?" 

President Ni.xon received 347 first 
and second place votes, more than 
twice as many as Mr. Graham who 
received 127. Mr. Agnew had 115 

Following the Vice President, in 
order, were: former President Lyn- 
don Johnson, Senator Edward M. 
Kennedy, former Vice President Hu- 
bert Humphrey, former President 
Harry Truman; George C. Wallace 
of Alabama, Pope Paul and Senator 
Edmund S. Muskie. 


New Yorlt (EP)— AU but one of 

11 United Methodist missionaries in 
Algiers, Algeria, were expelled dur- 
ing the closing days of 1969, the 

denomination's Board of Missions 
has reported. 

Ten workers, including five 
Americans, were sent to Geneva, 
Switzerland, and as of January 5 
were in Basel, according to informa- 
tion received by the mission agency. 
Of United Methodist personnel as- 
signed to Algiers, only one Swiss 
nurse remains there. 

Those ousted went to Zurich on 
January 2 to consult with Bishop 
Franz W. Schaefer, head of the 
United Methodist Geneva Area which 
includes Algeria. The bishop and the 
missionaries made the following re- 
port, released to the American press 
by a mission board spokesman: 

"About 35 young people, 28 Algeri- 
ans and seven foreigners, were 
arrested shortly after midnight, Sun- 
day, December 28, at the close of 
their meeting on the premises of 
the United Methodist Church in 

"After police questioning, the 
youth were released on Monday, 
December 29, and the foreigners 
were ordered to leave the country, 
Tuesday, December 30. 

"Further, two officials and a social 
worker of the United Methodist 
Church in Algiers, of French, Swiss 
and American nationality, were 
taken into custody Monday, Decem- 
ber 29. They also were thoroughly 
questioned and deported. 

"The meeting which occasioned 
the police action was a two-day 
youth seminar, patterned on two 
previous meetings, held in March 
and December 1968. This session, 
prepared by a committee of Algerian 
and foreign youth, discussed the 
theme, 'Our Generation Between 
Yesterday and TomoiTow.' With the 
exception of one Indian, all speak- 
ers were A.lgerian nationals. 

"Although the meeting was organ- 
ized to discuss ethical and moral 
issues, rather than poUtical or 
doctrinal questions, and proceeded 
in a quiet and orderly fashion, it 
was misunderstood by the police as 
a subversive gathering." 


Niagra Falls, Ont. (EP)— Cana- 
dian courts should be merciless with 
drug-pushers but not so strict with 
users, the United Church of Canada 
moderator, said here. 

Dr. Robert B. McClure told the 

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The Brethren Evarl 

13th annual conference of the Youth 
Section of Alcohol and Drug Con- 
cerns Incorporated, "Drug peddlers 
are completely merciless and mer- 
cenary men, who don't give a hoot 
about kids. Slug the pusher, but 
really hard." 
The veteran medical missionary 

said the pusher should receive a 
minimum two-year sentence. But the 
user of marijuana or hashish should 
get a suspended sentence on first 
conviction for possession of the 
drugs, and 15 days for the second. 
Under current Canadian law, 
there are no minimum penalties in 

the Narcotic Control Act for 
possession or for trafficking, 
mum for possession is seven yf I 
the crown proceeds by way 
dictment, or $1,000 and six rr 
imprisonment if the case is hcl 
by summary conviction befc; 


bates' bait box 


Hello Girls! 

How the time is quickly passing! Do you realize our 
Sisterhood year is half over already! Wow! Your 
national officers are working on conference programs 
now, but we could use some help from you. Are any of 
you definitely planning to be at our Sisterhood Confer- 
ence in August? If you are and if there is anything you 
are wiUing to do — devotions, special music, etc. — please 
write to our president and let her know. (Her address 
is: Suzanne Hall, Pierpont House, Room 115, 445 Oak- 
land Street, Morgantown, West Virginia 26505). 

How are your meetings going? How about your 
benevolent work? Since it's February and a traditional 
time of love, why not spread "love" to some people 
who may usually be overlooked at this time of year. 
One thing that is always fun, as well as creative, is 
to make your ov/n Valentine Card to give to someone! 
(And ah! such lovely verses you can find these days!) 

Who can you remember? How about our mission- 
aries and their children? Or what about your church 
shut-ins or the people in an old-folks home. Want to 
do something "different"? Why not try a George Wash- 
ington party for some older people — like your grand- 
parents age, the golden-age class. There are many books 
available that give ideas for games, decorations; better 
yet, use your own ideas: you girls have better ideas 
than many books on the market! 

We have been trying to stress a greater coordination 
between S.M.M. and W.M.S. Have you tried a joint 
meeting where all participate? Honest, girls adults do 
have a "few" good ideas about life! (George Washington 

was honest with his parents; it really isn't hard to .' 
honestly with adults — a bit nerve-racking at firs 
then it's easier! ) Along this line I can add a few tl 
I have many opportunities in my work — church 
otherwise — to see how "way off base" young peof 
well as adults tend to get only because we have 
"thing" about being afraid to be honest with 
people and ourselves. Your adults just laugh at 
and/ or ignore your ideas? Well, here's your opporti 
Your straight-laced women and mothers love to 
fun too; and Sisterhood provides the informal se 
for discussing love, school, church, God, etc. openly, 
knows, the women may get as much from it as 

Lest your fathers — or laymen — feel left out, 
would be the time to plan something special to do 
them in March. 

Are all of you giving faithfully to your Thank C 
ing? Somewhere along the line, many girls got the 
that ic a week is "enough." I believe the original 
was lit per girl per day. Now, girls, when you get i 
to the nitty gritty, is $3.65 too much to give Goi 
one whole year of blessings galore? Let's start g 
God — and Sisterhood the same — or even more "sup; 
than we give our school team, etc.! 

Yes, girls, our Sisterhood year is half over; bu 
still have six wonderful months to make our 
count! May these next six months bring even gr 
reward that the first six months have brought. 

Good luck to all. God Bless You All! 

jy 31, 1970 

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US DIED on Calvary's Tree for 
jmies ! That means you and I. We 
sinned (Rom. 3:23) : we were 
3 from God (Isa. 59:2) ; we were 
lies of God (Phil. 3:18); we 
■ved hell (Deut. 24:16). The 

says God loved us anyway ; and 
[ us with an everlasting love, 
ten we forget the condition 
ut us in and puts us in. We too 

view our sins as small mistakes 
f overlooked, readily forgotten 
totally forgiven, without any 
n on our part. This is brought 
t in part because we sometimes 
?t there are no degrees of sin ! 
)where in the Bible is there any 
ation that God is measuring or 
hing our sins. If God were 
iuring our sins, let's assume by 
ailiar set of niles man uses, 

would also be a similiar set for 
xds and punishments. In other 
Is, I've heard it suggested, if 
i sxe degrees of sin, there ai'e 
s of heaven and hell, 
m you imagine living in the 
tos of heaven because you were 
lactive Christian ; while watching 
nore faithful, the more concerned 
y living it up? How about the 
ees of hell ? Some people, not 
)ad on eai'th, would be together 
ersing over the causes that sent 
1 there, while others ai'e 
rated entirely from eveiyone, 
ering the maximum of pain. 
Bible does not teach this.' 
God's eyes the sins of cheating, 
\y and swearing, etc. weigh no 
than murder! Wrong is Wi'ong, 
s sin, and the "wages of sin is 
h" (Rom. 6:23). James 2:10 tell 
,. . . whosoever shall keep the 
lie law, and yet offend in one 
t, he is quilty of all!" Everyone 
s has broken all of God's laws, 
just as we are, in the eyes of God, 
■I've eternal death, 
nly Jesus can patch up the mark 
eaves on your life. My bow is 
to God in thanks for Jesus 
fiSt and verses like 
whosoever believeth in him 
1 receive remission of sin" 

Let Go 

and Let God 

Just- As I Am 


(Acts 10:43b). "If we confess our 
sins, he is faithful and just to forgive 
us our sins, and cleanse us from 
all unrighteousness" (I John 1:9). 
"Therefore, if any man be in Christ, 
he is a new creature: old things ai'e 
passed away; behold, all things are 
become new" (II Cor. 5:17). Jesus 
died for enemies ! 

God's plan is simple. It is found 
in Acts 26:20: ". . . repent and turn 
to God, and do works meet for 
repentance." Our attitude must be 
that of Isaiah when he said to God, 
"Here am I ; send me" (Isa. 6 :8) . As a 
new creature of God we ai'e to 
"present our bodies a living 
sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, 
which is your reasonable sendee" 
(Rom. 12:1). 

Just as I am is not much, but it 
is a great deal more than before 
I met the Master. He has freed us 
from our sins and has come that 
we might have life and have it more 
abundantly (John 10:10b). What 
could be better news? ". . . We ai'e 
labourers together with God . . ." 
(I Cor. 3:9a). ". . . We labor, that . . . 
we may be accepted of him" (II Cor. 
5:9). We labor that others might 
be accepted of Him, and accejjted 
of Him just as they ai'e! No one 
fails if they let go and let God. 

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By Life or By Death. If you think the only 
problems missionaries have are mosquitoes 
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the missionaries in Viet Nam. They live for 
their work, and they die for it. They're not 
soldier, but enemy bullets kill them just the 
same. By Life or By Deatll is a new book 
that tells the full story of these modern 
Christian Martyrs. 


Sourcebook of Poetry. A comprehensive 
sourcebook of more than 4,000 poetry 
selections, arranged according to subject 
matter. Contemporary poets featured in- 
clude: Annie Johnson Flint, Martha Sneli 
Nicholson, T. S. Eliot, Oswald J. Smith, etc. 


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Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial: "Pollution" 3 

"Let Go and Let God — Repentance" 
by Steve Swihart 4 

The Board of Christian Education 6 

The Missionary Board 11 

"What Will Make Nineteen Seventy 
A New Year?" 14 

"Lest We Forget" 
by Rev. George W. Solomon 16 

"A Brethren Apologetic: Past — Present — 

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CONGRATULATIONS are in order for li 
■ and Mrs. Fi'ederick Burkey of Ashland, Oi 
upon the birth of a new daughter. 

Lynns Marie was born on January 14, 1 
and came to reside with the Burkeys on Febrt 
3, 1970, by adoption. 

Rev. Burkey is the Director of the Boarc 
Christian Education of the Brethren Church 


Please make the following changes in y 
Annual for future use: 

Rev. and Mrs. Robert Keplinger 
3118 Scottish Ave. 
Suitiand, Maryland 20023 
The Keplingers have not moved; the area 
been rezoned and all addresses have been chanj 

Rev. Waldo Gaby has accepted the pastoratil 
the First Brethren Church in Goshen, Indi;- 
therefore his address is as follows: 

Rev. and Mrs. Waldo Gaby 
213 West Clinton St. 
Goshen, Indiana 46526 
The former address was in Wakarusa, India 


SEVERAL weeks ago we announced throJ 
this column that Mr. Devon (Hap) Hosj 
of Nappanee, Indiana, was injured and was I 
fast for several weeks. Your Editor receive' 
letter from him recently in which he stated: 
"Your note in the Brethren Evangelist at 
my mishaps has brought many cards and praj 
my way. I wish you would put a note in thank 
the wonderful Brethren for their prayers, ca 
and letters during my convalescence, they hel' 
a lot." 

"Rosy Dawn for the Decade — 98 Million 
See Pageant, Clergy Protest" 

World Religious News in Review 

"County Questions Residential Gathering- 
Asks Home Bible Class Closed" 

!bruary 14, 1970 

I'age Three 




i MOST interesting aiiicle (news item) has 
»• been written by a Mrs. Donald Austin and 
bmitted to the Evang-elical Press News Service 
lich in turn was sent to Editors of evang-elical 
iblications. Your Editor would like to reprint it 
your consideration. The ailicle is entitled 
'hristians Defended — Subdue the Earth and 
)llute It?" It reads as follows: 
"Many national news magazines have responded 

President Nixon's State of the Union message 
ith articles detailing the specifics of our national 
id glolial pollution crisis. 

"Several noted periodicals quote writei's who 
iggest that the fault lies at the door of the 
ideo-Christian idealogy. The February 2. 1970, 
sue of Time, for example, states that it is the 
eeply ingrained assumption . , . that nature 
asts primarily for man to conquer. Many th ink- 
's have traced this notion back to early Judaism 
id Christianity. Genesis 1 :26 is explicit on the 
>int that "God gave man dominion over the fish 

the sea and over the birds of the air, and over 
le cattle and over all the eailh" ' 

"A careful reading of the Genesis text and the 
lated passages such as Psalm 8 and Hebrews 
7, 8, makes it abundantly clear that the word 
ominion' (Hebrew radah) can in no way be 
anslated or interpreted as abetting damaging 
'.ploitation. On the contraiy, the Bible state- 
ents are explicit to the effect that man was 
la^ed here as the dominate species with the 

responsibility to manage the planet earth and 
account to God for his stewardship. The words in 
Genesis 2:1.5, 'to dress and to keep it' mean 'to 
protect and presei-ve.' 

"God's first instructions to Adam wei'e a 
lesson in taxonomy — the beginning of all bio- 
logical sciences. Adam was required to classify 
and name the lower creatures as a kind of inven- 
tory of his kingdom. The statement about having 
dominion stipulated that everything in the earth 
was included in His stewai'dship. Everything, 
without exception, was to be his to use but with 
responsibility to God. 

"Adam's rebellion toward God and alienation 
from God resulted in terrible mismanagement of 
the generous commission. One of the side effects 
of the alienation is man's own present frantic 
search for meaning that is really a iieii^lexity 
about his own place in the scheme of things. As 
long as men were few the magnificent self-heal- 
ing, self-cleaning ecological system could cover 
man's mistakes. The present population explosion 
has finally brought man's astonishing misuse to 
a day of reckoning. 

"In the last book of the Bible thei'e is a proph- 
ecy of the inevitable end. God's indictment and 
reason for the judgment prophesied is tersely 
summed up in these words: '. . . and . . . destroy 
them that destroy the earth' (Revelation 11:18). 

"The punishment fits the crime." 

This gives us something to think about! 

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Let Go 

and Let God 


T READ of a business man that 
approached Billy Graham and 
confessed his life was a complete 
wreck. He went on to say that 
he had spent nearly $1,000 just this 
past year on psychiatrists. "They 
can't patch me up; I have gone 
too far to be saved," he said. 
"The only hope for me is that 
God would remake me." 

This is the tragic stoiy of man 
today. He is running headlong 
into the sea of destruction. The fall 
of man did, however, prove one 
thing: That man's righteousness 
had utterly, entirely, completely, 
decisively and undoubtedly failed ! 
God gave man strength and man 
used it to oppose God. God gave man 
privilege and man used it to 
glorify himself. God created man 
and man reaches the breaking point 
when faced with his sin. 
Everyone of us needs to be 
remade ! 

God gave man free will ; He gave 
man the choice of either following 
Him or Satan. There is no 
middle ground. You ai'e either 
for God or you're against God. 
You serve one of the two masters; 
there is no inbetween. We discover 
in Revelation 3:15-16 that God 
knows what we have done! 


ruary 14, 1970 

Page Five 

He knows that many are lukewann. 
He continues to say, "because 
thou art hikewann. . .1 will 
spue thee out of my mouth." 
As lukewai'm water turns the 
stomach, lukewann professors tuni 
the heart of Christ ag-ainst them. 
He is sick of them. He cannot 
bear them; they shall be rejected! 

The Bible teaches that God has 
overlooked the times when men did 
not know, but now is telling 
everyone, everywhere, to turn 
from their old ways and repent 
(Acts 17:30). God is not saying 
He wishes we would repent. 
God is not telling us that 
we should repent. God is saying 
in King James black and white: 
that He "commandeth all men 
everywhere to repent!" 

Let's lay it on the line. 
God I've failed; God I've tried 
by myself, with friends, 
perhaps sex or even drug's. r\'e 
searched but never found tiiie 
peace of mind. We all need to say: 
"Father forgive me and lead me 
in a new way." 

Do you remember the time 
Jesus was invited to eat at the 
home of Simon, the Pharisee 
(Luke 7:36-50 TEV) ? "Jesus went 
to his house and sat down 
to eat. There was a woman in 
that town who lived a sinful life. 
She heai'd that Jesus was eating 
in the Pharisee's house, so she 
Ijrought an alabaster jar full of 
perfume and stood behind 
Jesus, by His feet, crying and 
wetting His feet with her tears. 
Then she dried His feet with her 
hair, kissed them, and poured 
perfume on them. 

"When the Pharisee who had 
invited Jesus saw this, he said to 
himself: 'If this man really were a 
prophet, he would know who 
this woman is who is touching 
him; he would know what kind of a 
sinful life she leads !' " 

But Jesus, knowing what Simon 
was thinking spoke up and said 

to him: "Simon, I have something 
to tell you. . .there were two 
men who owed money to a money- 
lender; . . .one owed him five 
hundred dollars and the other 
one fifty dollai's. 
Neither one could pay him back, 
so he canceled the debts of both. 
Which one, then, will 
love him more?" 

"I suppose," answered Simon, 
"that it would be the one who 
was forgiven more." The man who 
owed five hundred dollai's. 

"Your answer is correct," 
said Jesus. Then he turned 
to the woman and said to Simon. . . 
"Do you see this woman? 
I came into your home, and you 
gave he no water for my feet, 
but she has washed my feet with 
her tears and dried them with her 
hair. You did not welcome me 
with a kiss, but she has not 
stopped kissing my feet since I 
came. You provided no oil for my 
head, but she has covered my 
feet with perfume. I tell you, then, 
the great love that she has 
shown proves that her many 
sins have been forgiven." 

Then Jesus said to the woman, 
"Your sins are forgiven!" 
A sinful woman repented and 
her sins were forgiven. 

"If we confess our sins, 
he is faithful and just to forgive 
us our sins, and to cleanse us 
from all umig-hteousness" 
(I John 1:9). ". . .If thou shalt 
confess with thy mouth the 
Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in 
thine heart that God hath raised 
him from the dead, thou shalt be 
saved. For with the heaii; 
man believeth unto righteousness; 
and with the mouth confession is 
made unto salvation" 
(Rom. 10:9-10). 

There is a vast difference 
between recognition of sins and 
confession of sins and repenting. 
Today, won't you. 
Let Go and Let God? 

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ANEW fomi of Brethren ministiy has been 
conceived. In 1970 a limited number of op- 
portunities will be available for Brethren youth 
to become personally involved in the exciting work 
of our church. 

Through the joint efforts of the Board of Chris- 
tian Education and the IVIissionaiy Boai-d of The 
Brethren Church, funds have been committed to 
support a Summer Crusade Program for 1970. 

Objectives of the Cmsader Program 

1. To provide opportunities for Brethren youtli 
to express their Christian commitment 
through personal contacts and leadership 
roles in local church situations. 

2. To help committed Christian youth ft 
realistically the deep moral, ethical, ph 
sophical and social problems of contemporr 

3. To enable exceptiontUly capable BretliJ 
youth to i^articipate meaningfully and 
sponsibly in the evangelistic and educatio' 
functions of the church. 

4. To provide field experiences which will 
helpful to young people who are consider 
full-time Christian service. 

5. To provide worthwhile assistance to Bretht 
congregations having special needs. 

uary 14, 1970 

Pa£e Seven 

Will Crusaders Serve? 

•ethren Youth Crusaders will be sent to se- 

d Brethren Churches for predetemiined pe- 

) of time to participate in such congrega- 

il efforts as: community sur\'eys, community 

us, special visitation campaigns (pre-VBS or 

follow-up), special youth sen-'ices and evan- 

tic programs, participation in VBS, and reg- 

worship and educational services. 

addition, each team will probably spend at 

one week (preferably senior week) in a dis- 

camp. Also, special needs or opportunities 

experience which might present themselves 

le various church locations will be explored. 

re Will Crusaders Serve? 

tes for Crusader activities will be selected by 
;upervisoiy committee composed of: the chair- 
of the Youth Commission, the Director of 
stian Education, the General Secretaiy of The 
ionary Boai'd, and the National BYC Mod- 
)r. The criteria for site selection will be as 

Outstanding opportunities for meaningful 
Cliristian sei^vice. 

Evidence that the local congregation is will- 
ing to make optimum use of a Crusader team. 

Adequate pastoral field supervision. 

Ability to schedule appropriate activities in 
available time. 

Who Can Become A Crusader? 

The Crusader prograan is designed especially 
for Brethren young people who are either: (1) 
recent college graduates, (2) college students or 
(3) mature high school seniors who will be will- 
ing to submit proper application fonns and com- 
mit themselves to: (1) an eight-week period of 
uninterrupted service, (2) completion of the pre- 
service orientation jirogram at his own expense 
and (3) abide bj^ the policies established by the 
supei-visory committee. Crusaders will be selected 
by the supei-visoiy committee on the basis of 
personal application. 

What Payment Will Be Made? 

The Crusader progr;im is designed as an edu- 
cational and social em'ichment experience for 
Christian youth. During his tenn of service, au- 
thorized travel expenses will be met by the spon- 
soring organizations. A salaiy of $2.5.00 per week 
will be paid monthly to each Crusader from the 
Crusader fund. In addition, we strongly urge that 
the Crusader's home church devise a program to 
match this $25.00 ]>er week. The cost of higher 
education is soaring and we encourage the local 
church to plan to support their Ciiisader in this 
material way. 

How to Apply 

Any young person who is now or will be a high 
school senior in the fall of 1970 meets the mini- 
mum age requirement. College students or recent 
college graduates may also apply. If interested, 
please fill out and return the following blank as 

Clip along this line 

Return to: CRUSADERS 

Board of Christian Education 
524 College Avenue 
Ashland, Ohio 44805 

Gentlemen : 

Please send me the application fonns and other information relating 
to the 1970 Brethren Youth Crusader program. 

Signed : 
Address : 

riige lOight 

The Brethren Evangel! 


Team Organization 

1. Each team shall be composed of four mem- 
bers. One of four substitutes may be used 
according to the rules applied to substitution. 

2. Contestants must be In grades 6-12 during 
1969-70 school year. 

3. Each contestant shall wear a white card. 6x8 
inches, with one black block number per cai'd, 

4 inches high, using numbers "1" through 
"4" for regulars and numbers "5" through 
"8" for alternates. 

4. Each team must consist of four regular mem- 
bers, one to four alternates with one of the 
regulai- members chosen by fellows team- 
mates as team captain and another as co- 

5. Each team must have an acting captain on 
the platfomi at all times. If the captain is 
replaced, then the co-captain assumes the re- 
sponsibilities of the captain. 

6. The captain shall be contestant "1" and shall 
be the only team member who may dispute 
the opposing team answer. (The final deci- 
sion rests in the hands of the Quizmaster and 
judges.) Captain is also the only member 
who can call for time outs. 

7. Each team captain may call no moi'e than 
three time outs of one minute duration in 
each contest. 

8. The team captain shall present a list of the 
starting line-up to the quizmaster and score- 
keepers at least 15 minutes before stai'ting 


1. Each quiz shall consist of 25 questions with 

5 extra questions in case of a tie in the scor- 
ing (regulai- rules continue). 

2. Each question shall be worth ten (10) points. 

3. An incorrect answer shall be called an "error" 
and 5 points penalty will be subtracted. 

4. Bonus points: A bonus question worth 20 
points will be given when every member of 
the four-man team has answered a question 
correctly. This bonus given to each team 
onlv once during contest. 

5. Each contestant shall begin his answer wit 

in 10 second after being I'ecognized by tl 
judges and shall complete his answer with 
20 additional seconds. Failure to do so resul 

in an error. ' 


6. Any contestant who breaks in on a questiij 
in the recognized manner may give his aj 
swer without completing the question. If hi 
answer is incorrect an error is constitute: 
Then the entire question is reread for t| 
opposing team. If the answer is a direct Bit! 
quote, it must be given word for word. I 

7. Any contestant answering 10 questions (cc! 
rectly or incorrectly) must be replaced by ;l 
alternate for the remainder of the quiz. Tli, 
will be done during an official time out. [ 

8. An alternate may be substituted during aij 
time out after reporting such action to ti 

9. No question will be repeated except accor 
ing to rule number 6 (scoring). 

10. There shall be no communication among t^ 
quizzers after the word, question. 

11. There shall be no collaboration on any quei 
tion of team members or the alternates, i 


1. The Quizmaster for the national quiz shall ' 
appointed by the Boai'd of Christian Educ 

2. Complete control of the quiz is in the han 
of the quizmaster. 

3. The quizmaster must have a knowledge of t; 
rules and have a copy of the rules at t) 

4. Quizmaster must give the number of ea« 
question before reading the question, (e 
ample: Question No. 1: "Who was ?' 

5. If a quizmaster is in doubt over a rule or cc 
rectness of an answer, he should decide it 
consultation with the judges and the scri' 

Judges fl 

1. The judges for the national quiz shall be & 
lected by the Board of CJiristian Educatiorj 

bruary 14, 1970 

Page Nine 

There shall be three judges — two to judge 
the first to rise or to push the light system 
and one to act as timekeeper. 
In the case of a tie in jumping on opposite 
teams both persons will be given an oppor- 
tunity to answer. Each will write liis answer 
down on paper and the quizmaster will read 
both answers. If both contestants answer 
correctly, each will receive 10 points. A wrong- 
answer constitutes an error. In the case of a 
tie between members of the same team, the 
acting captain shall decide which quizzer 
shall give the answer. 


The quiz shall begin March 1, 1970, and the 
Finals shall be held at the General Conference of 
The Brethren Church in August 1970. 

District and National Contests 

Each local church will be allowed to enter one 
or more teams in the District Bible Quiz. This 
quiz will be held during District Conference or 
at another time designated by the District Board 
of Christian Education. The winning team of each 
district will compete in the Finals during the week 
of National Conference. 


Two scorekeepers shall be appointed for each 


Each scorekeeper shall use the score sheets 


ne Outs 

Each team shall be entitled to three time outs. 

Only captains may call time outs. 

Time outs will be one minute in duration. 

Substitutions may be made during time outs 


Official time outs called by quizmaster, 

judges or time keepei-s will not count as time 

outs for teams — no substitutions (except 

Rule 7 in Scoring). 

ne Keeping Rules 

A question will be eliminated if no contestant 
responds within 15 seconds but it will be 
counted in the total 2.5 questions per con- 
test. Quizmaster shall go on to next question. 
Time outs will be one minute in duration. 


rhere will be only one division consisting of 
nth in grades 6-12 during the 1969-70 school 


rhe Good News for Modern Man will be the 

thorized version for the quiz. 

ok . 





WE HAD a very interesting meeting on September 
14th vvlien Dr. Stark, wlio teacties at the Ashland 
Theological Seminary, gave us a lesson in Hebrew. 
December 7th we entered a float in the first Christmas 
parade ever held here in Mulvane. It was split in half 
with one side being the Nativity and the other being 
Santa Claus near a fireplace in the living room of a 
home. On both sides in large letters was printed the 
question, "Which is really Christmas?" We did not 
win a prize but our message was conveyed very well. 

We split into two groups for our meetings but we 
are still working on our goals and project together. 
The groups are Junior and Senior. We are doing very 
well on our goals and are working hard on our project 
goal of $175.00. 

We are trying a new method of sponsorship which 
has worked quite well the past four months. Our Youth 
Board is made up of couples and each couple sponsors 
all meetings and work projects for two months. 

— Debbie Barber, secretary 


The BYC of Flora, Indiana started the New Year 
with the election of the following officers: 

President Richard Voorhees 

Vice President Terry Voorhees 

Secretary Susan Duff 

Treasurer Colleen Clem 

Rev. and Mrs. Kindley and Mrs. Earl Humbarger 
are sponsors. 

We set our goal for the 1969-70 project at $400.00. 
This is an increase of $65.00 over last year when we 
gave $335.00 to the National Project. 

Evei-y meeting each family gives a gift of $1.00 for 
the project. We feel this is the Lord's way to give unto 
His church, out of that with which He has prospered 

On Halloween we canvassed our section of Flora for 
UNICEF in co-operation with the other churches. Fol- 
lowing this we enjoyed a party in the church dining 

Page Ten 

room. We also went masked to the Brethren's Home 
giving them a program and treats. 

In November we sponsored a Thanksgiving dinner 
for our parents and entertained them with a regular 
meeting, as well as having other special numbers. We 
wanted our parents to see first hand what our regular 
BYC program consisted of. Also at this time we hon- 
ored Mrs. Charles Voorhees, who has been a Junior 
sponsor for four years, by expressing our deep appre- 
ciation for her efforts and presenting her with a nice 
gift. AU this was kept as a surprise for her. 

For our Bible study we are using the number one 
Navigators book, which is proving very interesting and 

At present we have twenty-one members. 

— Susan Duff, secretary 


ON SEPTEMBER 28, 1969 the BYC of Johnstown II 
had their first meeting for the "69-70" school year. 
The chief purpose of this meeting was to elect officers. 
Those elected were: 

President Tom Grove 

Vice President Donald Grove 

Secretary Jim McDowell 

Treasurer Scott Daughenbaugh 

Song Leader Kathy Miller 

Some of our activities have been: 

1) On October 27, 1969, we held a Halloween Party. 
Everyone dressed up in costumes and we had games and 

2) The BYCers were in charge of the Christmas Eve 
Service. We decided to have a play. There was a very 
good turn out for this in spite of the weatlier. 

3» Our largest project thus far this year was selling 
Praying Hands Pens and Praying Hands Key Chains. 
We ordered fifty pens and twenty-five key chains and 
sold all of them. 

4) Another project we had was to go Christmas 
Caroling and then we went back to the cliurch for a 
Christmas Party and some hot chocolate. 

We are planning to have a Swimming Party; a Hay 

The Brethren Evangel; 

Ride; a Bowling Party and a picnic among other thirj 
during the year. 

— James McDowell, secretary 


OUR GROUP has been very active within itself 
well as reaching out to others. The year begaij 
little slow and at times was very discouraging, ij 
through prayer and hard work we have received msj 
blessings. We have experimented with new times e! 
groups until we have reached a total of forty-two yoij 
being active in some program during the week. C 
programs are set up as follows: 

1) Sunday, the junior BYC (grades 4-6) and jun, 
high BYC (grades 7-8) meet for their meetings fri 
5:00-6:30. Included in the meetings are the group gsl 
ering for singing and refreshments and Individ I 
groups for fellowship discussion studies and recreatii 
We have averaged eleven in tlie junior group and I 
in the junior high for twenty-one per Sunday. 

2) Thursday, the senior BYC (grades 9-12) meet fr 
6:15-7:00 for their studies centered around the Bi 
and present day issues. We have averaged seven j 
meeting, but we hope to improve upon our attendai 
in this area. 

3 1 Thursday, we have entered into the United L 
ketball League for the third successive year. This i 
fine way to motivate young people in a moment ' 
fellowship and witness with Christian young peo 
of various denominations. We have an average of fc 
teen attending the games. 

Our areas of outreach extend into two fields: 

1) We have adopted a child from Indonesia throi 
the Compassion Program based in Chicago, Illinois 
costs the youth group twelve dollars per month wh 
they raise through their own giving. 

2) We have opened our meetings to include child! 
from the Shaw en Acres Home which is a ward of Mc 1 
gomery County. Several of the young people have 
come active and appreciate the opportunity to be i ■ 
ticipating in a church group. i 

— Rev. David C. Hogg, 
Assistant to the Pastor 

bruary 14, 1970 

Page Eleven 


^ 1959, ill response to inquiries 
made by an interested layman 
d his wife, the pastors of the 
■ethren Church of Smithville, 
inton, Gai"ber Brethren at 
shland, and several interested 
mien and laywomen met at the 
me of William and Laura Bowers 
I" fellowship and instiaiction 
sui'vey work. 

The first worship services were 
Id on November 8, 1960, after 
iisiderable leg-work and planning, 
le District Mission Board worked 
til the National Missionary Board 
d with the interested pastors 
d laymen. The large fami house 
d two pai'cels of ground were 
rchased after the initial gift of 
e large lot and a sum of money, 
len in 1961 the Ten Dollar 
ub Call was issued resulting 
a gift of $9,600 with which 
ditionaJ property was purchased 
d the existing building modified 
be used for a meeting place. 
October 1, 1962, Reverend 
G. Dodds became the pastor of 
assillon following a series of 
stors on a part-time and full-time 
sis. It was then that a building 
nd was established and after some 
ur and one-half yeai's of meeting 
the modified home, a ground- 
eaking ceremony for the new 

church edifice was held. The new 
building was first used for services 
in May, 1965. Then in June, 1965, 
Pastor Dodds was called home to 
Glory and a call was put out for a 
Home Mission pastor and the 
present pastor, H. William Fells, 
responded in August of 1965. 

The new building was dedicated 
in the Fall of 1965. When the present 
elder and his wife were received 
into the membership and installed 
by Elder Virgil Ingraliam, the 
membership stood at 33. Today there 
is a total membership of 81 with 
the local active membership coming 
from Akron, Canton, Beech City, 
Dalton and Massillon. 

Since 1965 the pews, pulpit 
furnishings and caipet, organ, 
tables, tile for the sanctuaiy, 
sidewalk and shitibs and tile 
drainage system around the building 
ha\'e been purchased and 
installed. Additional birch cabinets 
in kitchen, drapes in fellowship hall, 
used choir robes, a lawn mower, 
refrigerator, stove and many other 
items have been donated. Hymnals 
and Bibles for the pew racks were 
included in the gifts. 

The Ohio District churches gave 
$15,000 toward the work at 
Massillon in addition to the support 
from both the District and National 

Page Twelve 

The Brethren Evange 

Missionary Board. Tlie Massillon 
Church is on a graduated reduction 
schedule so tliat each yeai', the 
church receives less financial 
assistance from the District tuid 
National Missionary Boai'd. This 
leads toward the desu-ed self-support 
status which is the mutual goal 
between boards and the church. 
The present indebtedness of 
Massillon is $59,000 with $520 
monthly payments on this 
indebtedness. Retirement of a portion 
of this debt, made possible by the 
Ten DoUai' Club receipts, will 
assist Massillon towai-d achieving- 
self-support by December of 1972. 

The continued assistance to our 
young churches through the 
Ten Dollar Club is a tremendous 
boost to their program. Your 
contribution now to the Ten Dollar 
Club call for Januai-y, 1970, through 
June, 1970, is another boost to our 
extension program in The Brethren 
Church. Send your contribution to 
The Missionaiy Boai'd of The 
Brethren Church at 530 College 
Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 44805. 

If you do not have a membership 
in the Ten Dollar Club, write for 
details and determine to support the 
church extension program. 


FOLLOWING the fire disaster, 
December 26, at Lost Creek 
the Brethren and friends of 
Riverside Christian Training School 
have been giving a helping hand, 
indeed ! 

First, we want to be certain 
you are awai"e of the details 
pertaining to the disaster. A bulletin 
was sent from the Missionary Boai'd 
to all pastors and this might have 
already been shared in most areas. 

Dr. Barnett reported that the 
blaze was first discovered about 
5:30 a.m., December 26, spreading 
quickly through the Boys' 
Donnitory and the trailer in which 
the Hostetlers lived. The fire 
apparently broke out in the kitchen 
areas near the front entrance of the 
trailer and spread quickly into the 
Boys' Dormitory through the 
connecting living room, and they were 
without any means to extinguish the 
fire. Buildings and contents were a 
total loss, including cash of about 
$250 kept in the trailer which 
belonged to the Senior Class. 
Fortunately, there were no 
occupants in the buildings due 
to the holiday season. 

There is a $1,200 insurance on 
the trailer and $10,000 on the 
Boys' Dormitory with our having 
carried the maximum allowable 
on both units, and we now await tY 
decision of the adjuster. 

The Missionai'y Board considerec 
as first priority the completion 
of the Faculty Residence in order 
to provide sufficient housing in tluJ 
re-shuffle of housing after the fire.J 
Immediately, work crews went to 
the area and worked with Herb 
Boling, a local building contractor, 
and three bedrooms along with the 
two-bedroom apai'tment on the 
second floor of the Faculty 
Residence were completed. The 
six girls, removed from Wheeler H 
to make room for the boys, were 
moved in on January 24 along 
with the three women 
to occupy the apai'tment. 

The Doran Hostetlers and the 
boys are presently living in Wheelc) 
Hall. The Hostetlers have been 
outfitted with clothing and 
immediate needs as were the boy 
residents of the doiTnitoi'y, 
who lost everything. 

bruary II, 1970 

Page Thirteen 

Maa"g-aret Loweiy at Ki-j^jton 
immediately provided six amiy cots 
and mattresses and bedding, and 
the best and newest clotliing she 
had was offered to all suffering 
losses. The local Kiwanis Ckil:) 
had a telethon with pledges of $3,100 
toward a building program. Lees 
College gave several units of bunk 
beds and six sturdy dressers. 
A Christian school in the area 
gave 12 beds. 

Nancy Hostetler's brother has 
provided a trailer for them, and it is 
completely loaded and "stuffed" 
with household and personal effects 
given by relatives and friends. 
When this trailer annves at Lost 
Creek, the Hostetlers will be able 
to take inventory of their needs 
and give reply to the many 
interested people wanting to assist 
them. They have been deluged witli 

mail and will tiy to correspond 
as soon as they can deteimine their 
remaining needs. Be patient and 
understanding until they get around 
to answering each one of you 
who have been so concerned. 

The Missionary Board has 
received $47.5 person assistance 
that has been forwarded to 
Doran Hostetler and $2,000 towai'd 
the building project. This immediate 
and generous response from the 
Brethren has truly encouraged the 
workers at Lost Creek. 

In conversation with the families 
there, they have never once 
grievously detailed what they lost, 
Ijut have only exclaimed over the 
generosity and concera of others and 
the fine response to their needs. 
We extend their thanks to all 
who have extended a helping hand 
at this time. 



Tlie inauguration service for the Brethren Bible 
ssion of Rajahmundi-y was held January 22, 
70, in the Municipal Council Hall of that city. 
The Andhra State Minister of Power officiated 
d the mayor of the city presided over the meet- 
? with M. Virgil Ingraham, General Secretaiy 
the Missionaiy Board, giving the inaugural 

We praise the Lord for the beginning of a new 
)rk in India and for the life of Reverend K. 
asantha Kumar who will be the National Di- 
:tor of this work. 


The scheduled flight for the Rowsey faiiiily's 
return to the States is Febiiiaiy 15, leaving 
Buenos Aires, and aiTiving Miami, Florida, on 
Braniff Flight No. 902 at 6:05 A.M. on the 16th. 
If you're in the vicinity, why not welcome them 
home ? 

They will stay with Bill Fasig, 18922 N.W. 10th 
Place, Miami, Florida, for a couple days and then 
go to Sarasota on the 18th of February. They will 
participate in the Missionaiy Conference at Sara- 
sota, February 22 through Mai"ch 1, and will be 
at St. Petersburg, March 7 and 8th. Exact de- 
parture time for Ashland has not yet been de- 


The receipts for the Ten Dollar Club Call extended to the new 
work at Ft. Wayne, Indiana, totaled $11,298. This was a very good 
response and very encouraging to the church at Ft. Wayne. 

Page Fourteen 

The Brethren Evangti 


ONLY A NEW MAN can make 
a new year. Our clocks divide 
time for convenience of reckoning 
into hours, minutes, and seconds, 
and tliese in turn make our days aiid 
months and years, but no mechanical 
device of any sort can make any 
jDeriod new. This is not a new year. 
The first day of the yeai- 1970 
was 'but a continuation of the last 
day of 1969. It is new only in the 
sense that every day is a new day, 
and eveiy moment a new moment. To 
talk of the "new" yeai- is mere 
convention. The passing from 
12 o'clock midnight, December 31, 
1969 to Januai-y 1, 1970 is purely 
mechanical and without any 
essential significance. In reality there 
is no passing from the one to the 
other, since there is no time between 
the two points. In our own minds we 
may image such space, but it is a 
mere continuation of the 
old chapter. 

What then makes the new year 
new? It requires a new man to make 
a new yeai'. The man who has 
brought over with him from the 
year 1969 into the yeai' 1970, the 
old impulses and dispositions that 
spoil life, the old habits that 
have coarsened or weakened him, 
will not find this a new year, but the 
same old year continued. Christ as 
your Savior you may have taken 
before, but have you resolved that 
henceforth he shall be yours 
fully and completely, not only Savior 
of, but sovereign in your life. Lord 
of all and over all? Is your life with 
its passions, its loves and hates, its 
])references and repulsions henceforth 
to be conditioned and controlled 
by Christ the hope of gloiy in the 

believer? Only as the new man has 
been born in you, bom of God, 
will 1970 be for you in any sense 
a new yeai'. It requires a new man to 
make a new year. 

But if you have done all this 
long ago, reached and passed 
these attainments long before the 
bell tolled out nineteen sixty-nine and 
rung in nineteen seventy, there yet 
remains much for you to do. Paul said, 
I count not myself to have attained, 
but this one thing I do, forgetting 
the things that ai'e behind I 
press forwai'd to the mai'k. The 
writer of the Hebrews exhorts 
us to leave (not forsake) the 
principles of the doctrine of Christ 
and go on to perfection. For us 
Christians it remains to fling 
ourselves into our times — times 
fraught with great perils and 
equally great and inviting 
opportunities — responding to their 
new incitements, prepai'ing and laying 
ourselves out for the new duties 
and all their noble strains and 
struggles. What these stining times 
demand more than anything else is 
that a host of sons and daughters, 
the regenerate children of God, will 
cast themselves into the midst 
of our unregenerate and godless 

It has become a very common 
thing to heai' people talk of the 
waning power of the pulpit; but we 
forget that the power of the pulpit 
depends entirely on the man in the 
pulpit, as the effectiveness of 
machine guns depends on the 
spirit and skill of the man behind 
the machine. The gun with its 
mountings is but a dead piece of 

ebruary 14, 1970 

Page Fifteen 

lachinery ready to do the biddings 
f man's will as he directs and 
lanipulates. That pulpit is 
either weak nor powerless which has 
1 it a man with a prophet's 
lessage, a real man who insists 
lat meii's relation to Christ shall 
jgulate all their relationships in life. 
^here there is weakness it is quite 
;rtain that an authoritative gospel 
as been diluted and the wooing note 
St. The pulpit whose occupant 
as a soul bathed in the passion of 
alvary is not a waning force. The 
/angel of Jesus is still the 
)wer of God ; and the preacher who 
lithfully inteiiJrets it. earnestly 
ivocates it. and personally 
Lcarnates it in his life will not 
5 thought a weakling. 

These are strenuous times in which 
e are living — times which put 
le preacher and all Christian 
orkers upon their mettle. The 
;ress and strain of life, the vig-or 
' protest, the growth of old 
rolilems and the emergence of new, 
16 obscuration of things spiritual — 
1 these make a mighty challenge 
> the preacher of our day. For all 
lis great day of peril, of need, 
id of opportumty, the church must 
ill her workmen, must prepare 
id equip them adequately and send 
lem forth to preach the Word and 
ospel of God. Nothing can be 
lore important. Every work bears 
ilation to this. Home missions, 
)reign missions, publication 
iterests, educational problems, and 
unday school work — each of these 
i a larger segment of the circle of 
iir Master's cause. But at the center 
1 the preacher of the Woi'd, his 
ill, his preparation, his ordination, 
iid mission. 

Amid the gloom and the darkness, 
lines forth this one ray of hope, 
lore important than all else, the 
rowing insistence of Jesus Christ. 
'he fact of Christ grows larger 
1 this age; the disease of the age 
lagnifies Him. The great physician 
as His finger upon the fevered 

pulse-beat. To tell the old tiaith to 
this fevered age, to declai'e the 
Gospel to a helpless world, a 
whole Gospel for a whole world — 
oh, men and brethren, there is 
nothing better. There is a story of 
Macready, the actor. There was a 
passage that he used to give in one 
of his plays with tremendous effect 
upon his audiences. But at length 
it was othei-wise. His audiences were 
no longer moved. The actor thought 
that it was because it had become an 
old story to them. But one day a 
fellow actor told him the tiaith. 
It was not because it had become 
an old story to the audience, but 
because it had become an old 
stoiy to the actor himself. He had 
lost the point. It is the point of 
preaching — the point — that makes 
it infinitely worth while. That 
point is Jesus Christ. To be 
commissioned to speak his name to 
the carking sorrow, the festering 
sin, the blank despair of this age, 
is a greater honor than to constnict a 
transcontinental railway, build a 
Panama Canal or nile the greatest 
nation of the earth. 

Closer than ever let the Brethren 
Church stay by the Gospel of 
the Son of God ; it is the greatest 
and best thing that has ever come 
into the world — and it is a wTecked 
world's only remedy. Alone, among 
all the great men that have 
ever lived, Jesus Chi'ist dai'ed stand 
up in the midst of people stricken 
with sin, the blind, the 
broken-hearted, the captive, 
the hopeless and the poor, and 
declare that in Him and in Him only 
was the remedy for all the ills 
of humanity. 

So deal' Christian people, let 
us make this yeai' of grace a new 
year indeed for the Brethren Church, 
new because of a new church, new 
records, broadened visions, lai'ger 
outlook, gi-eater achievements, more 
glorious victories — a new year 
for the Brethren Church and for the 
Kingdom of God. 

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T GUESS men in all ages have had 

a tendency to forget. At least 
God has found it necessaiy in 
every age to establish memorials so 
that His people would remember 
those things which He wanted 
them to remember. 

When God was about to deliver 
the children of Israel from 
Egyptian bondage. He instructed 
the people concerning the lamb 
to be slain, the blood to be applied 
to the door posts and lintel, and 
the details concerning their 
deliverance. God knew how quickly 
they would forget how they had 
been delivered, and so He established 
the Passover Feast that they might 
remember. "And ye sliall obsei've 
this things for an ordinance to 
thee and to thy sons for ever. 
And it shall come to pass, when 
ye be come to the land which the 
Lord will give you, according as 
he hath promised, that ye shall 
keep this service. And it shall 
come to pass, when your children 
shall say unto you. What meaneth 
ye by this service? That ye shall 
say, it is the sacrifice of the Lord's 
passover, who passed over the 
houses of the children of Israel 
in Egypt, when he smote the 
Egyi^tians, and delivered our houses. 
And the people bowed the head 
and worshiped. And the children 
of Israel went away and did as the 
Lord had commanded Moses and 
Aaron, so did they" (Ex. 12:24-28). 

Later, when Joshua had led these 
same people to the brink of the 
Jordan, they found it at flood 
stage and impassable. God again 
instructed Joshua to move forward 
with the priests beaiing the Ark of 
the Covenant leading the way. When 
the priests stood in the waters 
of the Jordan, God stopped its flow 
and the Israelites passed over into 
the Promised Land. God wanted them 
to remember that it was by His 
power they had entered the land, 
and, knowing how prone they were to 
forgetting, he again established a 
memorial. One man from each tribe 

Forget - - - 

( ^ (^otntntM-ccK "TftccCitcitcaK ) 

was to go into the Jordan river 
bed and bring out a large stone on 
his shoulder, and these 12 stones 
were to be set up for a memorial to 
constantly remind Israel, and the 
succeeding generations, of this 
dramatic thing God had done for 
them. "That this may be a sign 
among you, that when your children 
ask their fathers in time to come, 
saying, What mean ye by these 
stones? Then ye shall answer them. 
That the waters of Jordan were cut 
off before the ark of the covenant 
of the Lord; when it passed over 
Jordan, the water of the Jordan were 
cut off; and these stones shall 
be for a memoiial unto the children 
of Israel forever" (Joshua 4:6-7). 
In the days of Samuel, when he 
had gathered the people at Mizpah 
to sacrifice and pray for 
deliverance from the aiTnies of the 
invading Philistines, the PhiHstines, 
hearing that they had gathered 
there, suiTounded them. But when 
Samuel had offered up a sacrifice and 
prayed for deliverance, the Lord 

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Page Seventeen 

thundered with a great thunder" 
nd terrorized the Philistines, and 
ley fled before Israel. "Then 
amuel took a stone, and set it 
etween jMizpah and Shen, and 
illed the name of it Ebenezer, 
lying. Hitherto hath the Lord 
elped us" (Sam. 7:12). 

Now when Christ, our Passover, 
'as about to effect our deliveries 
fOfltn the bondage of sin. He set 
p a memorial and said ". . . this do in 
jmembrance of me" (Luke 22:19). 
aul said: ". . .as often as ye eat 
lis bread, and drink this cup, ye do 
low forth the Lord's death till 
e come" (I Cor. 11:26). 

When our children ask. What 
leaneth these things? we should tell 
leni what they mean; how the 
ord has helped us and how the Lord 
as delivered us from sin and deatii. 

When our children ask. What 
meaneth this feet-washing service? 

we should tell them that the feet 
washing is a symbolic act of 
cleansing from sin. That, as baptism 
symbolizes the washing away of 
the sins of the old life, even so feet 
washing is a symbolic washing 
away of sins which we have 
committed in the new life. Because 
of our imperfection and our 
waywardness; because of our 
natures that are so prone to sinning, 
even though redeemed and living 
in Christ, we still fail him and fall 
far short of his glory, and we 
need continual cleansing and 
forgiveness. We should also tell them 
that, as Jesus signified His 
willingness to become a servant of 
man by His assuming the role of a 
sen'ant in washing the disciple's 


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feet, even so we, as we kneel and 
wash one another's feet, are 
signifying our willingiiess to join with 
Christ in ministering to our 
fellowman — our willingness to 
assume the role of a 
servant to mankind. 

When our children ask us. 
What meaneth this Love Feast? 
we should tell them that the Love 
Feast sen'es to remind us of the 
love of Christ for us — a love so great 
that He was willing to give His 
life for us. We should speak to them 
of the love that God has shed 
abroad in our heal^ts and of how 
Jesus has commanded us to love one 
another as He has loved us. We 
should tell them that this Love Feast 
speaks of that divine love that 
binds us to each other in Christ; 
of the brotherhood and fellowship 
of all believers. 

When our children ask us, 
What meaneth this bread and cup? 
we should tell them how the bread 
is symbolic of the body of Christ, 
reminding us of how Jesus suffered 
bodily abuse ; of how His body 
was broken for us on the Cross. 
We should tell them that the cup 
represents the blood of Christ, and 

The Brethren Evangel 

reminds us of how the life's blood 
of Jesus was poured out for all 
mankind; thalt without the shedding 
of blood there is no remission of sins ; 
that the blood of Jesus Christ 
cleanses us from all sin. 

If you were to ask me tonight, 
What meaneth these things? 
this is what I would tell you. 
I would pray that you might be 
reminded how God has helped you 
and saved you, and that these very 
thoughts might land you into a 
deeper communion — 
a more Ijlessed life in Christ. 

Come, Thou Fount of evei-y blessing. 
Tune (our) hearts to sing Thy 

gi'ace ; 
Streams of mercy, never ceasing, 
Call for songs of loudest praise. 

Here (we) raise (our) Ebenezer, 
Hither by Thy help (we've) come; 
And (we) hope, by Thy good 

Safely to arrive at home. 

O to grace how great a debtor 
Daily (we're) constrained to be! 
Let thy goodness, like a fetter, 
Bind our wandering hearts to Thee. 

— Robert Robinson 

A communion meditation delivered 
Park Street Church, Ashland, Ohio, by t 
pastor on October 5, 1969. 


Friday Harbor, Waslilngton (EP) 
— The pastor of San Juan Baptist 
Church in this town northeast of 
Seattle is known by the 30-member 
congregation as Fred W. DeMara, 

He is also the subject of a 1959 
movie titled "The Great Imposter" 
and of a book by the same title. 

His congregation is only vaguely 
aware that their pastor is a legend 

elsewhere. When asked about his ca- 
reer, in which he posed at Lt. Joseph 
Cyr, a surgeon aboard a Canadian 
warship during the Korean War; 
Brother John, a Trappist monk; 
schoolteacher Martin Godgart, 
Prison Warden Benjamin W. Jones, 
and a Los Angeles skid row evan- 
gelist, Pastor DeMara refuses to re- 
ply. A church official answers for 
him: "No comment." 

Gale Waldrop, one of the church 
leaders and a member of the pulpit 
committee which invited him, spoke 
of Dr. DeMara as "real dedicated." 

The church generally accepts an 
count written for him and publis 
in the Friday Harbor Journal. ' 

account ends: "Reverend DeM 
received the Lord Jesus Christ 
his personal Saviour in 1958 and 
been in full-time Christian ser' 
ever since. 

Ray Ruppert, religious editor 
The Seattle Times, observed t 
"time alone will teU — since Dr. 
Mara isn't talking — whether thi- 
the real man who has finally fo ■ 
a niche in which he can be ( 
tented." [ 

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it must be evident tliat the 
Cliurcli of Christ, if she is to liold 
her position and win new 
triumphs for her King, must 
detemiine and declare a definite 
slogan. This may be theological, it 
may be missionary, it may be 
evangelistic, educational or 
altruistic, but whether it is one or 
the other or all of these, it must be 
Ghristological or it will have no 
message for this twentieth centuiy. 
Whatever it is, a slogan must be 
determined, and into its utterances 
must come such fervor and passion 
as characterized Luther, and 
Wesley, Carey and Mai'tyn, or IMoody 
of more modern times. This 
slogan may be an old or it may be a 
new apologetic. It may be a 
restatement of the old in temis of 
modern thought and life. 

This Much Is Certain: we have 
come upon a day when each 
denomination is forced to examine 
itself and give a reason for its 
continued existence and appeal for 
confidence and support, a day when 
the world is asking these questions 
of all denominations. We do not 
mean that tlie Church universal 
needs to apologize for its existence in 
the world; not that. The Lord 
himself has placed it here; 
it is of divine origin, and He has 
nowlaere intimated that it should ever 
cease to have a place and mission 
in the world. But each denomination, 
each separate organization must 
give an account of itself, else it 
may not longer ask for the 
people's time and energy and 
money and devotion. The Brethren 
Church cannot escape the sifting 
process which our times demand. 

There Are Certain Great 
Fundamentals of Christianity 
regarding which the Brethren 
Church is in perfect agreement 
with other Protestant bodies, 
among them these: That Jesus 
Christ is God's Son and the revealer 
of the Father; that He is the 

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Savior of mankind ; that His death 
was for and on account of sin; 
that His Resurrection is the seal 
of our hope for immortahty; that 
His Spirit is at work in the lieaii:s 
of His followers today, making for 
the perfection of character, and 
the ushering in of the Kingdom 
of God on earth; that the great 
mission of the Church is to make 
known the Gospel of Christ unto 
all men; that a profession of the 
Christian life imposes certain 
definite ethical and spiritual 
obligations upon all believers — 
these are some of the gi'eat 
fundamentals on which there is now 
general agreement and which the 
Brethren hold in common with 
all other Protestant evangelical 

But There Are Certain Other 
Fundamental teachings of 
Christianity for which the Brethren 
stand and have stood for two 
Iiundred years, in some of them 
alone. These we enunciate and 
emphasize because we belie\'e them 
to be of vital importance. 
As already stated we have come 
upon a time when certain 
definite and pertinent demands are 
being made upon the Christian 
religion and its exponents. To these 
demands the Brethren Church 
freely and heai'tily responds. They 
may be summarized as follows: 

First: The Demand for an 
Ultimate and Definite Authority in 
Matters of Faith and Doctrine. 

The Christian world is in a state 
of transition upon this question 
today. But some things ai'e certain: 
The day of church creeds, church 
councils, and church hierai'chies, with 
vested powers of authority over the 
faith and thought of individual 
believers and churches, is passing. 
Christ Jesus as Lord and Master 
is coming to His own, and in this 
transition the Brethren Church 
re-emphasizes the supreme authority 
of Jesus Christ over the 
individual soul in matters of faith. 

doctrine, and conduct, and of the 
New Testament in matters of 
church polity and government. 

More and more men ai'e discovering 
that in Jesus Christ, and in 
Him alone, is ultimate and 
dependable authority in religious 
faith and life. They are learning 
that the authority of Christ, as 
expressed in His life and teachings, 
is the only religious authority 
that will stand the test of 
personal experience, the only one 
that will verify itself when cast 
into the crucible of the soul's 
consciousness. For this the 
Brethren Church has stood from 
the very beginning, and for this 
we must continue to stand in any 
restatement of our apologetic 
touching the question of an 
ultimate and dependable authority 
in matters of religious faith 
and life. We maintain that Christ 
is the head of the individual 
believer as well as of the church, 
and that the New Testament 
contains the revelation of His will 
for both. This position requires 
that we repudiate all creeds as 
without binding authority. 
While the church may choose to 
formulate for its convenience and 
for educational value a statement 
of its faith, it denies to that 
statement any final authority over 
the thinking of the individual or 
action of the church. 

Second : The Competency of the 
Soul to Have Direct Communication 
with God in Matters of Religion, 
that is, the soul has the right, 
the responsibility and the 
capacity to deal with God without 
human meditation, in all matters 
pertaining to its need and welfare. 
We hold this to be the birthright 
of every soul. Staited differently 
it means the recognition 
of the rights of personality. 

This denies the right of any 
function of priest, edict of state 
or ordinance of church to separate 
the soul from its God; no 

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tercession of the priests and no 
eadings of the saints is needed 
ir those who would seek and 
nd God. This doctrine places 
3 at the opposite pole of Romanism, 
lie Brethren Church Ijelieves 
. the competency of the individual 
)ul to deal direct with God ; 
omanism denies that competency, 
ne stands for democracy, for 
le full rights and values of the 
dividual soul ; the other stands 
ir olig-archy, and denies that 
18 soul possesses these rights 
\d values. One represents the 
)irit of the New Testament 
id the twentieth century; the 
;her represents the spirit of 
le Aaronic order and the 
iddle Ages. 

It can readily be seen that this 
)ctrine necessitates our denial 
■ the ordinance of infant baptism, 
''e do not believe it to be of 
;riptural warrant, but we 
)pose the practice of infant 
iptism for the reason that it 
ikes from the individual soul 
s right to deal with God without 
•ejudice, when the age of 
!counability has been reached; 
denies the soul's individual 
mipetency to reach its own 
icisions, and to choose its own 
)urse in the matter of I'eligious 
dth. We likewise deny the 
Jcessity of infant baptism in the 
after of the soul's redemption. 
The world of tomoiTow will 
ispond to the teaching of the 
lurch that "protests against 
aman interference with freedom 
' thinking in matters of religion ; 
^•ainst reliance upon anything 
se than Christ to transfomi 
Mritual life; against the 
"istocratic assumption of the few 
> control the religious live of 
le many." It is this vei'y 
!aching for which the souls 
- men ai'e thirsting, and multitudes 
ill accept this doctrine of the 
lul's right and capacity to deal 
rect with God without the 

interference of mediacy of priest 
or church, when once they hear 
and understand it. It is the one 
message that the tens of thousands 
of foreigners pouring into our 
country from priest-ridden lands 
need and crave. It is the message 
of liglit and freedom for which 
their souls are athirst, and it is to 
play a large ptut in any successful 
propaganda caiTied on in their 
interest. Such an attitude leaves 
the soul open for any light 
that may burst for it from the pages 
of God's Word, or through 
personal experience. Such an 
attitude will not "reject a 
theology because it is new, nor 
hold it because it is old," but the 
mind is left open to whatever 
commends itself to the intellect, 
faith, or experience, as of God, 
whether it be old or new. 

Third: That a Church of Christ 
Should Consist of Persons Who 
Have Been Regenerated by the Spirit 
of God, Who Have Been Baptized 
upon Profession of Theii" Faith in 
.lesus Christ, and Who Are Banded 
Together as a Spiritual 
Democracy, for the Purpose of 
Bringing in the Kingdom 
of God on Earth. 

Only repentance for sin and 
personal faith in Jesus can save 
men. The acceptance of a creed will 
not do this, nor will baptism or the 
partaking of the Lord's Supper 
and Communion. The seed of 
spiritual chtu'acter is the spiritual 
l)irth, the new birth — bom of water 
and of the Spirit. The Brethren 
Church always has emphasized and 
does now emphasize the necessity 
of consistency of character in the 
Christian profession. The doctrine 
of a regenerated church membership 
is at once the crux of this whole 
matter. Upon this foundation has 
the membership of every church in 
the brotherhood been built 
throughout the years. And more 
and more is it to play an important 
part and have a lai'ge place in the 

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church that is to command respect 
and wield a power for personal 
rig-hteousness in the coming days. 
One cannot meet the demands of a 
Ijrofession, if that profession 
be a life, as Christianity is, unless he 
have implanted within his soul 
the seed of that life and profession. 
And so the doctrine of 
regeneration becomes imperative, 
if the demand for consistency of 
chai'acter in the professing 
Christian is to be met. 

Referring to baptism in this 
third proposition we mean the 
immersion of a believer in water. 
Because we stand for the supreme 
autlaority of Jesus Christ in matters 
of faith, doctrine, and conduct, 
and of the New Testament in 
matters of church polity and practice, 
we do not and cannot countenance 
sprinkling or pouring as 
constituting Christian baptism. 
We do not Ijelieve that Christ 
ever abrogated this commandment, 
and we ai-e just as confident 
that Christ never delegated to the 
Roman church the right to alter 
and pei^vert this beautiful and 
meaningful ordinance. We believe 
and teach that Christian baptism 
stands as an "initiatory symbol of 
evangelical truth." It symbolizes 
unto us and before the world the 
believer's death to sin, and his 
entrance upon the new life in Christ; 
it symbolizes likewise the death, 
burial and Resurrection of Christ. 
As fai- as tliese truths are important, 
the ordinance of baptism should 
be preserved in its New Testament 
foiTn, which is not only immersion, 
Ijut trine immersion, the form that 
Ijest meets the demands of the great 
commission. Of course the 
significance of these s^oiibols is 
entirely lost to view when 

sprinkling or pouring is 
substituted for immersion. 
Likewise it is one of the 
time-honored tenets of the Bretliren 
Church that every local congregation 
should be in a sense, not independent 
of all others, but a spiritual 
democracy, an organization 
in which unity of faith is sought, and 
yet in which individual opinion 
and judgment ai'e welcome; in which 
all members, however much they 
may differ in station and talent, 
ai'e brothers in Christ, with equal 
rights and privileges. It has been 
argued against this fonn of church 
polity that democracy in church 
administration leads to hopeless 
confusion, endless strife, 
disintegration, church anaixhy, etc. 
But it is the abuse of this foim of 
church polity, and not the fonn 
itself that leads to such conditions. 
Properly administered it results 
in denominational unity, like unto 
the vine and the branches, bound 
together by a common spiritual 
experience and life, which is fai' 
better. The spirit and practice of 
democracy is fundamental to every 
Christian life and church if they 
are to come to their full growth. 
We need fellowship with "those 
above us, tliose beside us, those 
below us," in order to acquire that 
broad culture and wide sympathy 
which belong to full maturity, and 
this is possible only in a brotherhood 
where democracy prevails. 

Fourth : The Brethren Church 
Recognizes and Emphasizes Its 
Ethical Obhgation Toward Society 
as Such and Toward the 
Whole World. 

Too largely has the church of 
the past centuries centered its 
thought upon her own comfort and 

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Isaiah 61:1-2; Luke 4:16-18 

ebriiary 14, 1970 

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Lilture, and upon the individual units 
f society. Empliasis upon tliese 
oints must be continued. But a 
'ider vision of duty is imperative 
1 tl:e revaluation of the message, 
ae mission, and the opportunity 
f the church. The reference here 
i not only to social service to which 
:ie church should g-ive itself more 
nthusiastically and intelligently, 
ut also to the missionary 
ropaganda and enterprise which in 
lese days has become the church's 
lost important slogan. Social service 
3ncerns itself with the moral ideals 
f society, and the problems of 
nvironment which these ideals 
reate, for in that enviroimient men 
oth within and without the church, 
nd to whom the church makes its 
ppeal, must face their struggles 
nd go forward either to defeat or 
ictory. The missionary program of 
lie church has become the chief 
ource of the church's inspiration, 
'he church that today does not get 
lie vision of a world-wide kingdom as 
omprehended in the great plan of 
edemption will inevitably 
all into decay. 

It is a great opportunity at the 
pen gateway of which we stand 
Dday as a church. Unhampered 
nd unshackled by anv binding creed 

or ecclesiastical demands made 
upon us, the Brethien Church 
should be ready to advance in the 
face of any difficulties, and in 
the spirit of its divine Lord enter 
upon the new opportunities of 
service, to heai" and to answer the 
call of the Christ of a 
world-wide kingdom. 

We believe that the Zeitgeist of 
the present is more favorable to 
these principles than that of any 
previous day. Surely, it requires 
no prophet to understand that 
tomorrow will be more favorable 
than today. Pre-eminently this is 
the day of our opportunity; God has 
opened to us a great and effectual 
door and invites us to enter. The 
truths for which we stand never 
had higher relative and positive 
value in the thinking, in the 
judgments and in the lives of men 
than now. The coming days for us 
will be fraught with grave 
responsibilities. "Let us hold fast our 
confession," and go forth in the 
spirit and power of the New 
Testament church, sendng our day 
and generation as it becomes men 
and women who believe in the 
supreme authority of Jesus Christ 
in all mattei's of faith and doctrine 
and conduct and life and chai'acter. 



V their Golden Wedding Anniversary on Sunday 
fternoon, November 9, with a Reception and Open 
[ouse at the Dutchtown Brethren Church. 

Several surprises were planned for the honored couple 
y members of the church with the help of the Pontius' 
aughters. A highlight of the afternoon was a "This 
> Your Life" program in the church sanctuary. Nor- 
lan Hagg acted as Master of Ceremonies, reading e.x- 
Brpts from a book prepared for the occasion and 
ontaining items and pictures from their childhood, 
outh, courtship and marriage, up to the present day, 
nd ending with a letter of congratulations from Presi- 
ent Richard M. Nixon. Many friends from former years 

ere present to add to their surprise. 

After the program all retired to the Fellowship Room 

where refreshments were served from a beautifully 
decorated table to approximately 250 guests. The table 
was centered with a beautiful cake baked by Miss 
Audrey Randall. Our entire congregation extends love 
and appreciation to Rev. and Mrs. Pontius for 16 years 
of faithful service to a growing church. 

Baptismcil Services were held by Rev. Pontius on 
Sunday, September 18, for one applicant who with her 
husband who came by letter, was taken into the church 
the following Sunday. 

Communion Service was Thursday evening, Novem- 
ber 13, with 65 persons attending. 

We enjoyed a fine Christmas program on Sunday 
evening, December 21, by the youth and children's de- 
partment of the church. We have many talented young- 
sters at Dutchtown. 

— Mrs. Robert Webster, 
Corresponding Secretary 

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three million dollai's in cash 
and commodities was collected in 
1969 in CROP campaigns held in 
some 1,000 communities throughout 
the United States and from 
agribusinesses and food processors. 
CROP is the Community Hunger 
Appeal of Church World Sei-vice 
and the collection resources ai'e used 
in feeding and development 
projects in more than 
thirty countries. 

Illinois again led the nation 
with $197,520, with Indiana a close 
second with $193,624. Other top 
states were Kansas with $171,12.5, 
Ohio with $164,345, and Iowa with 
$160,975. CROP community 
campaigns are administered through 
fifteen state or area offices. 

Commodities, or cash to purchase 
commodities, were donated in 
significant amounts. Fifty-two 
carloads of corn, milo, soybeans, 
and wheat were secured, in addition 
to 11/2 million pounds of grain 
secured in lesser amounts. Many 
of the commodities were sold to 
purchase high protein soy products 
for export. Actual commodities 
exported, as collected or purchased 
locally, included two carloads of 
soybeans from Iowa, three carloads 
of beans from Michigan, two 
carloads of wheat and two cai'loads 
of soybeans from Missouri, one 
carload each of wheat and soybeans 
from Nebraska and seven carloads 
of beans from the Rocky 
Mountain Area. 

CROP during 1969 exported 
$2,525,600 worth of food, fertilizer, 
seeds, and tools, including funds 
for many community and 
agricultural development projects a 
faimily planning programs. Neai'ly , 
one million dollars of this amount f 
went to assist hunger victims in 
Nigeria and Biafra. 

Young people played a key role 
in CROP'S 1969 program. "Hungei 
Marches" and "Mai'ches for 
Development" provided more thar 
$50,000, students in Noith Dakotc 
alone raised $16,000 of this amoun| 
High school and college youth alsc 
conducted CROP canvasses in 
California, Colorado, Connecticut, 
Iowa and Texas. 

In addition to house-to-house 
canvasses, more than 2,000 CROI 
Friendship Acres and 55 CROP 
Friendship Farms, managed and 
famied by local famiers, added th 
proceeds to the total. 

Corporations and agribusmess 
finns contributed $1,319,369 wortt 
of food, chemicals, seeds, and tools 

Neai-ly half of the CROP 
shipments were in agricultural or 
community development projects 
which attack root causes of hunge 
Much of CROP food is used in 
"food for work" projects, where 
local citizens build roads, irrigatior 
ditches, flood control dams, school 
and land terracing. 

Last year CROP exported mor( 
than 51/2 million packets of j 

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vegetable seed to refugees in Africa 
and Asia, and to needy persons in 
Europe and Latin America. 
CROP funds were used to 
purcliase frait trees and equipment 
for a special project in Botswana, 
peanut seed, hoes, and machetes for 
the Congo, tools for Honduras, an 
egg hatchery for the Dominican 
Republic, hand corn shellers and 
chicks for Haiti, and goats for 
Korea. CROP funds also helped 
to complete a fann-to-maiket road 
between Vathia and Ahka in the 
Mani Peninsula of southern Greece. 

As a community-wide campaign, 
CROP permits donors to designate 
gifts to church-related agencies 
other than Church World Service. 
Last year, CROP remitted $270,000, 
collected in 1968, to such agencies 
as JMennonite Central Committee, 
Catholic Relief Services, Lutheran 
World Relief, and the World Relief 
Commission of the National 
Association of Evangelicals. 

CROP'S goal in 1970 is $21,:; 
million to be secured through local 
canvasses and $iyo million through 
agribusiness donations. 

atellite Christian Campus formed 


. TOTALLY UNIQUE educational wineskin has been 
V quietly put together in .San Diego to accommodate 
■sh movement of the Spirit in our time, 
rhe project is Sl^yline Christian Institute (SCIi, 
'ering a simple and direct plan to utilize the academic 
;ilities of great metropolitan secular universities 
die providing housing, Christian love, nuture and in- 
uction in the biblical faith. The final objective is to 
iduate architects, lawyers, salesmen and businessmen 
lo are also skilled, efficient witnesses for Jesus Christ, 
^t the helm of the new school, an experiment growing 
t of three years of research, is Dr. George E. Failing. 
e former editor of The Wesleyan Methodist, pastor, 
ector of public relations for Houghton College and 
Tfian of notable scholastic achievement, e.xplains that 
I is "neither liberal arts nor Bible school." It is in- 
•ad, he says, "a school that leans upon the academic 
ining supplied by the great secular universities of 
lay, universities well staffed and equipped and tax 
pported. Why," he asks, "should we duplicate at great 
it their facilities?" It is a school, Dr. Failing con- 
ues, "that maintains its own Christian stance, that 
'ers study courses in the building of Christian char- 
;er and leadership, taught by professors who are mas- 
s of the arts they teach ... a school that dares to 
•k today's world In the face, yet in that look convey 
> love and concern of Jesus Christ for lost men . . . 
ichool that teaches Christians to be witnesses just as 
!y are to be disciples. For a person learns only in 
ier to do and to teach." 

IRS Federal tax-exempt status was achieved in July, 
1969; classes were begun October 13; an official board 
of directors appointed November 29; and land to the 
north of San Diego in a burgeoning area has been pur- 
cliased for campus expansion. Current operations are 
conducted in a rented building in San Diego. 

Students will take 12 hours a semester at San Diego 
State College, the University of California at San Diego 
or one of the six other schools in the area. They will 
live in doi-mitories provided by SCI and take four to six 
hours of work each semester in Christian thought and 
service. Completion of a B.A. program will take five 
years. SCI offers no credit and gives no grades. Student 
participation on the board of directors is arranged, de- 
signed to help develop positive attitudes toward policy 
making, administration and leadership. A 13-man board 
of directors, representing half a dozen denominations, 
serves the school. The executive committee includes: 
Chairman, J. Herschel Fisher of DaUas, Texas, recipient 
of the MIT valedictory medal, former naval officer, 
Fellow in the American Institute of Architects, and a 
consultant to the FHA in housing; Vice Chairman R. 
Lee Huntington, president of University Mechanical and 
Engineering Contractors, Inc., in San Diego; and Sec- 
retary Norman Rohrer, executive secretary of the Evan- 
gelical Press Association and director of the Christian 
Writers Guild. 

Registration facilities are being provided by the New 
York City headquarters of the Christian and Missionary 

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The Brethren EvangeUt 


The close of the shooting war between Nigeria and 
Biafra signals the expansion of another iiind of war 
for the workers of the World Relief Commission, over- 
seas relief arm of the National Association of Evan- 
gelicals. This will be a war against extinction, hunger, 
disease, abject poverty, hopelessness and despair. The 
weapons will be food, clothing, medicine, blankets, vo- 
cational training, and food-for-work rehabilitation 

The Commission is in close touch with the U.S. De- 
partment of State and other Aid Agencies, and hopes 
to move in with food, clothing and medical supplies in 
an attempt to save as many people as possible. At the 
same time they will initiate a long-range rehabilitation 
program to give food-for-work employment to some of 
the displaced and to work toward a stable society and 

Representatives from World Relief Commission have 
been serving as best they could both in Biafra and the 
"liberated" areas of Nigeria. These representatives, on 
loan to WRC by the Assemblies of God, are Rev. and 
Mrs. Kenneth L. Godbey, Rev. Gerald Falley, Rev. and 
Mrs. Andrew Hargraves and Rev. and Mrs. Ralph 
Cimino. Among the other services in Biafra, there were 
five feeding stations for 400 children each. These chil- 
dren were given two meals a week up until the time 
the WRC workers were told to evacuate as the Nigerian 
Army was approaching. All the WRC personnel are 
anxious to return to the needy areas. 

While food is the most crucial need, of course, the 
need for clothing runs a close second, especially during 
the rainy season when respiratory diseases proliferate. 
Dr. K. W. Tracey, Medical Secretary of the Sudan In- 


terior Mission in Jos, Nigeria, said: "We are keen 
getting Operation Dorcas under way as it combines 
lief and rehabilitation. At the present time clothing 
one of the big needs, particularly as there are m 
and more displaced refugees." "Operation Dorcas" tal 
its name from a woman in the early Christian chu 
(Acts 9:36) who became famous for her almsdeedslt 
the seaport of Joppa (now Jaffa) in Palestine. In 
specialty was sewing for the poor. | 

The idea of combining relief and rehabilitation ca!( 
to Dr. Everett S. Graffam, Executive VP of Wl 
when he was in Nigeria recently and saw the gr 
need for clothing. The people prefer their own st 
of clothing, so he and Dr. Tracey discussed the po, 
bility of purchasing large quEuitities of cloth from lo 
textile mills and hiring Christians to make the clothi: 
which would later be distributed by evangelicals to ■ 
refugees free of charge. "Operation Dorcas" was ■ 
result. Many tailors have been rehabilitated, and v 
widows are given employment sewing these garmer 
It is estimated that $4.50 will provide a dress or s 
for an adult, and $3.50 wiU clothe a child. 

(niary 14, 1970 

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by Mrs. Howard Winfield 

•HE WORLD DAY OF PRAYER is fast approach- 
ing. Marcii 6, 1970 is only a few weeks away! 
lany W.M.S. groups throughout the demonination 
ler sponsor or participate in this observance in var- 
3 ways. Reportedly, some find them very meaning- 
and inspiring while to others they become sliallow 
1 routine. Why such a difference? Very often the 
son is a personal negligence. For, tlie preparation 
one's own mind and heart before entering into any 
idee makes a vast difference in the ultimate ex- 

'rem the Dutchtown, Indiana, W.M.S. , Mrs. G. C. 
;len) Pontius writes "For years we have been using 
program booklets put out by the National Associa- 
1 of Evangelicals. They far surpass others. We have 
all day meeting with our regular W.M.S. program 

in the morning, dinner at noon and the prayer service 
in the afternoon." 

For the current year, N.A.E. has prepared a Bible- 
centered worship service around the theme, "Blessed 
is the nation whose God is the Lord" (Ps. 33:12). 

Author of the devotional guidebook is Dr. Fred P. 
Thompson Jr., minister, First Christian Church, Kings- 
port, Tennessee; president of the Emmanuel School of 
Religion and author of the "At Issue" column in Action 

Churches or groups may secure a sample copy by 
writing to N.A.E., P.O. Box 28, Wheaton, Illinois 60187. 

Dear Lord, prepare our hearts for prayer that we 
may seek personal spiritual revival, then join with 
others throughout the world to pray for the needs of 
the world, of our nation, churches and communities. 
May Thy name be glorified! Amen. 

isy dawn for the decade 


kESPITE THE PROTESTS of some 30 clergymen in 
' Pasadena, California, on New Year's Day, the 60- 
it, two-hour Tournament of Roses Parade di.splayed 

awesome beauty of flowers arranged b>' loving 
ids in 50,000 man hours of volunteer work, 
'he ministers, led by the Rev. Albert G. Cohen, a 
ited Church of Christ campus minister at CalState, 
; Angeles, lamented the expenditure of so much time 
I money when "the funds might be better spent feed- 

and liousing the poor and needy." 
lax Colwell, manager of the Tournament of Roses 
iociation, issued a statement sympathizing with the 

clergymen's concern but objecting to their approach- 
ing the cure through the Tournament. 

The parade, he said, "for SO years has delivered a 
floral good will message to the world, bringing joy, 
liappiness and beauty to 98 million people." 

The clergymen demanded that participants in the pa- 
rade match their expenditures with funds distributed 
to the poor and less fortunate. . .that those who volun- 
teered labor contribute an equal number of man hours 
to finding solutions to the urban crisis. . .that the 1971 
theme be "Good Neighbors Come In All Colors. . ." that 
membership of the Tournament be reconstituted to 

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represent the ethnic distribution of Pasadena. . .that 
the Wrigley mansion and surrounding gardens sliould 
be dedicated as a public park. . .and that tlie Southern 
Christian Leadership Conference mule team be included 
in the parade to represent the poor. 

Christian enterprise was represented in the 81st an- 
nual parade of the flowers, as it has from the begin- 
ning. Included this year under the theme "Holidays 
Around the World" were: 
The Salvation Army's float, "Christmas Is Forever." 
The Lutheran Laymen's League entry titled, "He 

The Brethren Evang:<^ 

Mrs. R. G. LeTourneau, widow of the late industri; 
and Christian leader, who rode on Alhainbra, C 
fornia's float ScOuting "Mother's Day." The great gr; 
mother, active in founding camping programs for yo' 
was the 1969 Mother of the Year chosen by the An- 
can National Mother of the Year agency. 

Dr. Dean S. Collins of the Los Angeles office of 
American Bible Society presented the Rose Qu 
Pamela Dee Tedesco and her Royal Court of six e 
each a copy of the New Testament "Good News 
Modern Man" in special services at the Tournamen 
Roses headquarters building. 

World Religious News 

in Review 


Hollywood, California (EP) ~ The 
Rev. Arthur Blessitt has crossed 
into Arizona on his march from the 
Sunset Strip here to Washington, 
D. C. carrying a cross. His aim is 
to call the nation to prayer and fast- 
ing for spiritual renewal. 

The founder of "His Place" on the 
Sunset Strip here is accompanied on 
his walk by four members of his 
gospel rock group called "The 
Eternal Rush," and will make his 
first stop in Albuquerque to speak 
at the Evangelism Conference Janu- 
ary 20, at the Hoffmantown Baptist 

When Blessitt began to walk along 
the freeway near Palm Springs he 
was stopped by the California High- 
way Patrol and told it was illegal 
for pedestrians to appear on the 

"I began praying that God's will 
would be done," Blessitt said, "be- 
cause this was the only route open 
to us. In less than an hour we were 
given permission to continue." 

In Arizona he and his party took 
a shortcut over an open field and 
soon found the air filled with sirens. 
A jeep with red lights flashing sped 
to the hikers and told them they 
were trespassing on a demolition 
field and that the charge was set 
to go off momentarily. 

Bessitt hopes to reach the capital 
July 18 for a youth rally at the 
Washington momument there. 


New York (EP) — Military chap- 
lains should be instructed to uphold 
officers and enUsted men who re- 
fuse to carry out orders which are 
"immoral," according to the Secre- 
tary for Chaplains of the United 
Church of Christ. 

The Rev. Leon A. Dickinson "de- 
manded" that such instruction be 
given in letters to the chaplaincies 
of the Army, Navy and Air Force. 

He referred to the alleged mass- 
acre at Song My as dramatizing "the 
gravity of the Wcir and the extreme 
stress and intense demand for high 
responsibility by youthful officers 
in the field." 

A soldier is a "reasoning agent," 
said Mr. Dickinson, and is not re- 
quired "to do everything a superior 
officer orders him to do." He re- 
called that in 1953 the Military Board 
of Review convicted an enlisted man 
for shooting a Korean prisoner even 
though the soldier had been ordered 
to shoot by his commanding officer. 

"There are grave and difficult 
problems for the enlisted man who 
takes an independent action or 

stands in terms of moral ji|| 
ments," the UCC executive wrl 
"The United Church anticipates ll 
its chaplains wUl be highly sensil 
and give support to the officers i 
men who will refuse, or may alrel 
have done so, an order that tf 
deem in error, immoral or in vija 
tion of the laws and customs p 
war and a crime against humani.. 


Los Angeles (EP) — A $1 mil 
expedition has been organized 1 
to try melting a frozen lake on 
Ararat in Turkey in hopes of f 
ing the remains of Noah's Ark. 

Ralph E. Crawford, president 
Search Foundation, Inc., of W; 
ington, D. C. told a news conferc 
here that several pieces of h 
tooled wood more than 4,000 ye 
old had been found in an ice p 
near the 14,000-foot level on 
17,000-foot mountain in north( 
Turkey near the Soviet border. 

Search Foundation will set u 
base camp this spring and be 
studying ways to melt a 100-by- 
foot glacier covering the find in 
summer of 1971. 

The prow of a ship was allegt 
viewed jutting from the Mt. An 
ice pack in 1840 by avalan 
workers. Commercial pilots si 
have reported sighting a ship- 
shadow in the ice near the top 
the barren, treeless mountain. 




New York (EP) — Last year 
an historic one in the film Indus 
according to the National Cath 
Office for Motion Pictures — but 
the wrong reasons. 

jruary 14, 1970 

Page Twenty-nine 

n 1969, NCOMP reported, there 
s a record low in "family" films 
i a record high in "condemned" 
ivies in its 36-year history. 
'The financial woes of distributing 
npanies and the product concerns 
responsible exhibitors," the Cath- 
3 film office claimed, "cannot be 
orced from this evident lack of 
ality, moral and artistic, in 1969 

'The family and over-30 audience 
staying home, not only because 
evision is still free, but Eilso be- 
jse they consider it idiotic to pay 
be bored or offended. Their num- 
:s will only increase as the young 
igles . . . swell the ranks of parents 
ring the Seventies." 


Salt Lake City (EP)— During the 
:ado of the 1960's world member- 
ip figures of the Church of Jesus 
rist of Latter-day Saints (Mor- 
m) leaped by 74 per cent for a 
in of nearly a million new mem- 

rhe current world membership 
ure is estimated at close to 3 
llion. This statistical trend was 
ported here at church headquar- 
•s by President David O. McKay. 
He noted that there were only si.x 
ambers when the Church was 
janized in 1830, and it took until 
17 — 117 years — to acquire its first 
llion members. 

However, the second million mem- 
rs were gained in 16 years, Presi- 
nt McKay said, with nearly a 
llion more in the last decade, 
iring the last 10 years, member- 
ip rose from 1,816,000 to an esti- 
ited 2,815,000. 

Marion, Indiana (EP) — If church- 
are going to stop the outflow of 
uth from their own families and 
ach the youth of the community 
ey must "learn to communicate a 
sling of love to young people." 
So said the Rev. Robert S. Zuhl, 
w Genei'al Secretary of Youth for 
e Wesleyan Church headquartered 

The youth leader made the re- 
arks to more than 600 delegates at 
e Wesleyan Church's Conference 
I Evangelism in Cincinnati. 

"We must not forget that love is 
a universal language to all genera- 
tions," Zuhl said. "This love doesn't 
lose patience with failures. It looks 
for new ways of being constructive 
to meet changing situations. It is 
not hung up on its own traditions 
and stock answers." 

Ministers and laymen of the 
Wesleyan Church from all over 
North America gathered for a three- 
day Conference on Evangelism at 
year's end to study the role of evan- 
gelism in the denomination and to 
mobilize its resources for total evan- 
gelism in the 1970's. 


Washington, D. C. (EP) — A 
greater study of the Bible may re- 
sult from the governments ban on 
required prayers in public schools, 
according to the new president of 
the National Council of Churches. 

Dr. Cynthia Wedel said she agrees 
with the Supreme Court's official 
ruling that prayers have no place 
in U.S. Public schools. 

"We've got to recognize we are 
a pluralistic society," she said, "and 
there are people who don't pray or 
want to pray in their own way." 

Mrs. Wedel said she rejoiced that 
there was no law against teaching 
the Bible as literature. "If this be- 
comes general practice, it will de- 
velop a national knowledge of re- 
ligious background and then 
churches can move in," she told re- 


Moscow (EP) — Just as the adop- 
tion of Christianity determined the 
date of the fall of the Roman Em- 
pire but did not save it from the 

inevitable end, so Marxist doctrine 
has delayed the break-up of the Rus- 
sian empire — the third Rome — but 
has been powerless to avert it. 

This is the view of a young Jour- 
nalist from the "Samizdat" group of 
underground writers here who pub- 
lish unafraid of the Soviet bureau- 

Andrei Amalrik, 31, was quoted 
by C. L. Sulzberger in London as 
saying that "I have no doubt that 
this great eastern Slav empire, 
created by Germans, Byzantines and 
Mongols, has entered the last 
decades of its existence." 

The young writer sees war with 
China growing, Germany and East- 
ern Europe "desovietized." Amid this 
fury, Amalrik sees Moscow's 
"bureaucratic regime unable by its 
habitual half-measures simultaneous- 
ly to wage a war, solve the economic 
difficulties and suppress or satisfy 
public discontent." 

This, he said, wUl cause the So- 
viets to "lose control over the coun- 
try and even contact with reality. . . 
power will pass into the hands of 
extremist groups and elements and 
the country will begin to disintegrate 
in an atmosphere of anarchy, vio- 
lence and intense national hatred." 



Washington, D. C. (EP)— Dr. Nor- 
man Vincent Peale, in the first 
White House religious service of the 
new year, told President Nixon and 
the gathered group that St. Vitus is 
the patron saint of the United States. 

"You can shake yourself to pieces 
with tension," he pointed out. 

"We are now so nervous," Dr. 
Peale declared, "you can hardly put 
anyone to sleep with a sermon. It's 
been years since I've put anyone to 
sleep, and that's a bad situation." 

Some of the 250 people in the 
service chuckled at his remarks, in- 
cluding President and Mrs. Nixon. 

The service featured two numbers 
by 22 members of the famed Vienna 
Boys Choir. 


Swartluiiore, Pennsylvania (EP) 
— A presentation by blacks seeking 
"reparations" ended at the Swarth- 
more Presbyterian Church here 
when Muhammed Kenyatta spUled 
Communion bread and wine on the 

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Mr. Kenyatta, head of the Phila- 
delphia Black Economic Develop- 
ment Conference, and three col- 
leagues interrupted the Sunday wor- 
ship service, following the offering 
on January 4. 

Displeasure witli the response 
from the Presbytery of Philadelphia 
to Blacli Manifesto demands was 
voiced by Mr. Kenyatta and the 
Rev. Dwight E. Campbell, a deputy 
special missioner of the Church of 
God in Christ. 

Earlier, the presbytery had been 
asked for 3250,000 for black develop- 
ment programs. The demands are 
still under consideration and are to 
be discussed at the presbytery's 
regular meeting on January 13. 

About a dozen persons in the 
congregation of 300 walked out as 
the BEDC representatives talked. 
The others listened to Mr. Kenyatta 
and Mr. Campbell for about 20 min- 

When he finished, Mr. Kenyatta 
took pieces of Communion bread 
and some wine and dropped them 
on the floor. 

"This is the blood and the body 
of my people," he said. 

Later, the BEDC spokesman said 
that to have done less than he did 
would have understated "the extent 
of black anger." 


Cliicago (EP) ~ A black Metho- 
dist minister, fined 5100 for violat- 
ing a city ordinance that was later 
declared unconstitutional and re- 
pealed, will take a jail sentence 
rather tlian pay the fine. 

The Rev. Richard Lawrence, in- 
terim pastor at the Woodlawn 
United Methodist church, was ar- 
rested with the Rev. James Orange 
of the Southern Christian Leader- 
ship Conference in 1966 after they 
held a "pray-in" at the home of a 
white policeman who shot and killed 
a black man whUe giving him a traf- 
fic ticket. A coroner's jury ruled 
the killing justifiable homicide. Po- 
lice accounts said tlie slain man was 
struggling with two policemen, while 
some witnesses said he was shot 
after being subdued. 

While the two clergymen were 
convicted under a law later repealed, 
the Illinois Supreme Court decided 
in November not to hear their ap- 
peal and the fine was thus upheld. 

Mr. Lawrence will surrender him- 
self rather than pay the fine. He 
will be accompanied by members of 
the Black Caucus of the Methodists' 
Northern Illinois Conference, who 
announced they will support him. 

The minister said he would rather 
go to jail than cooperate with a ju- 
dicial system that "punishes me" 
and allows the police officer involved 
in the shooting to go free. 


Natchez, Miss. (EP) — Baptist 
churches in Adams County have de- 
cided to open a private school. Their 
decision came in the wake of the 
recent court orders to desegregate 
public schools. 

Sixteen of the 17 Baptist churches 
in the county have entered into an 
agreement to operate the Adams 
County Christian Private School and 
win use existing church facilities 
through May 1971. The 17th church 
is expected to join the project later. 

The Baptist congregation voted 
overwhelmingly to go into the 
school business after receiving over 
2,400 "good faith" applications from 
students who previously attended 
public schools. Each application was 
accompanied by a $20 deposit. 

The churches also elected a board 
of trustees headed by James H. 
Thompson as president; other mem- 
bers are Dr. C. C. Miller, A. H. Mc- 
Donald, Robert Hensley, Lester Ray, 
Harvey Beach, and Bobby O'Quinn. 

Administrators and faculty are be- 
ing assembled, and the school will 
open as soon as other details can be 
worked out. 

WUliam F. Riley was named at- 
torney for the new school. 

The Brethi-en Evangfi 


Ruschlikon, Switzerland (EP 

If former Premier Nikita S. Khr 
chev has been converted to C S 
tianity, Russian Baptist lea 
know nothing of it, according t 
European Baptist Press Service 

Reports have been revived i 
cently throughout the free w 1 
stating that the former Commi:;! 
boss had indeed experienced C 'i 
tian conversion and was now a'o 
lower of Jesus Christ. 

C. Ronald Goulding, secretar; 
the European Baptist Federatio 
London, reportedly attended the k 
congress of Russian Baptists she \ 
before Christmas. He inquirec c 
believers in Moscow about jh 
Khrushchev conversion. i 

The first wave of speculcO; 
about Khrushchev's conversion nk 
the rounds two years ago. At ia 
time, a Russian Baptist leader n'd 
a brief visit in the West to atte: 
Baptist meeting. Theo Som ;i 
kamp, director of European Bais 
Press Service, asked him about li 
reports. "I wish it could be ti ;, 
he repUed. 

Dave Benson, president of Ri'Ji 
for Christ, said all that can be 
termined is that a white-haired pi 
man at a resort on the Black 
gave his testimony of convei 
among a Russian gathering of C p 
tians shortly thereafter Khrush 
was deposed. 


Wasliington, D. C. (EP) The 
tax reform act, signed into law 
cember 30 by President Nixon 
eludes a number of provisions w 
bear directly on religion in Ame 
according to Christianity Toda 
its Jannary 16 issue. 

Now that some religious gr 
— congiegations, denominations 
organizations — are reporting sij 
cant declines in income, the 
impact is expected to be r; 

With regard to charitable gi 
Christianity Today said, the 
bill allows individuals, inclu 
contributors to churches, more 
home pay, and persons willin 
give substantial sums to chari 
causes get more incentive bee 
the ceiling for regular chari 
deductions was raised from 30 
per cent. 


Bbriiaiy 14, 1970 

Page Thirty-one 

Religious groups that get finan- 
al aid from foundations "may be 
Ifected somewiiat adversely be- 
luse foundations now must pay a 
per cent tax on investment in- 
)me," the magazine said. "Tliis 
ay be offset to a degree by a new 
-ovision requiring foundations to 
ly out to charity at least 6 per 
■nt of their net worth each year." 
Closed is a much discussed "loop- 
)le" which imposed 48 per cent 
)rporation tax upon most busi- 
;sses operated by churches. "A 
imber of churches have been bor- 
iwing money to buy businesses, 
len leading them back to their 
■iginal owners who no longer pay 
come tax because they now be- 
nged to 'non-profit' corporations." 
owever, Cliristlanity Today added, 
le new provision will not take ef- 
■ct until 1976 if businesses were 
jerated prior to May 27, 1969. 

A major exception concerns radio 
and TV stations. Trades or busi- 
nesses are expected which provide 
services under a license issued by a 
federal regulatory agency, which is 
carried on by a religious order or 
educational institution. 

The bill includes rules on the ac- 
quisition of income-producing prop- 
erty. In general, the property must 
be "in the neighborhood of other 
property owned by the organiza- 
tion" and the organization must in- 
tend to use the property for tax- 
exempt purposes within 10 years. 

With regard to this, there exists 
a special rule for "a church or con- 
vention or association of churches," 
who receive 15 tax-free years and 
are not subject to the "neighborhood 

The bill also stipulates that books 
of church groups may only be 

examined when there is reason to 
suspect unrelated business income, 
Christianity Today noted. 


Kin<>liasa, Congo (EP) — Follow- 
ing the 1960 year of independence 
in the Congo it was dangerous to 
be white. But in the past six months 
the role of the white technical as- 
sistant has risen considerably, ac- 
cording to Mennonite Brethren mis- 
sionaries Vernon Wiebe and J. H. 

They quoted President Mobutu as 
saying in a recent visit to Belgium 
that "we are condemned to live 
together." He meant technical as- 
sistance is needed, but whites would 
never domineer again. 

The missionaries termed it a hope- 
ful climate in which to strengthen 
their services. 

bounty questions residential gathering 


">AN'T A LAW ABIDING citizen invite friends to his 
_^ home for Bible study? 

Not in La Canada, California, according to the Los 
ngeles County Office of the District Attorney — or at 
■ast if the class becomes large and meets regularly. 

For some months now, the Rev. Donald Sills of United 
ommunity Church in nearby Glendale, has been in- 
iting young people to his home in La Canada for Bible 
:udy. No advertising was made, but notice of the meet- 
igs passed informally between young people of the 
)othill communities and some 50 to 100 people regu- 
irly showed up. 

They had no music, few refreshments, and were cau- 
ous to park their cars so neighbors would not be in- 

But the Rev. Mr. Sills has been told by Deputy Dis- 
■ict Attorney Joseph V. Siler that he is in violation of 
le Los Angeles County Zoning Ordinance 1494, Section 
32, in that he is conducting regularly scheduled pub- 
c Bible studies in a residence in zone R-1. " These 
■heduied meetings constitute public assembly and as 

use of property it is not specifically permitted in a 
esidential zone," the notice reads. 

The DA acted on a complaint, but the Sills famUy 
doesn't know where it might have come from. 

The informal Bible classes are called "Anything 
Goes," a reference to the freedom of discussion topics. 
They're held about twice a month on a quiet .secluded 
street high on the hiU near the Angeles Crest Highway 
which crosses the Sierra Madre mountain range. 

As is expected of a minister of the Gospel, Mr. Sills 
is not a troublemaker but he is questioning the law 
that is closing his Bible class. The most recent gather- 
ing (Jan. 22) brought 55 young people in late teens or 
early twenties for a discussion that centered around 
the second coming of the Lord. Two teenagers, Mr. Sills 
said, gave their hearts to the Lord at the evening 

An avalanche of support lias been phoned and mailed 
to the minister who serves as Christian Education Di- 
rector for Dr. Stuart McBirnie, a Glendale pastor heard 
nationwide on radio through his program "The Voice 
of Americanism." 

Apparently the title "Anything Goes" appears a bit 
too ambitious in the eyes of the Regional Planning 
Commission and the District Attorney. 

Page Thirty-two 

The Brethren Evang 

Why is there a Brethren's Home? 

1. The Biblical commands are sufficient reasons for the 
home for the aged. Such phrases as "Honor thy father and 
thy mother", "Visit the fatherless and widows in their afflic- 
tion", "Because their widows were neglected in the daily 
ministration", "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the 
least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me". 

2. The desire to retire in a Christian atmosphere urged the 
Brethren in I 90 I to plan and build a Home. The high ideals 
of the early Brethren have been maintained throughout the 
nearly fifty years of existence at The Home. The Christian 
atmosphere — the patience and the love one for another, the 
forbearance with forgiveness — and the employees who 
desire to minister unto one of these my brethren are surely 
convincing reasons. 

3. Brethren live longer than they used to live, same as 
others do, thanks to medical research, medication, better 
balanced diets, more conveniences, and labor-saving devices. 
Providing a home for these senior citizens is our opportunity 
to show our love is practical and not merely sentimental. 


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a new 
Mission in India 

<*ee fMfc 4 - 

February 28, 1970 

No. 5 

Tie. "B'tctUeit 


Editor of Publications Rev. Spencer Gentle 

Board of Editorial Consultants 

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PLEASE do not send your Sunday Sch( 
materials orders to the Brethren Boc 
store in Plymouth, Indiana. Some India 
Sunday Schools have been doing this. Su 
orders are forwarded to the office in Ashla 
to be filled. It is not the plans of the boa 
to ever fill the bulk Sunday school orde 
from the store in Indiana. As the days • 
by, tlie store will possibly have some suppl 
in stock in order that the Sunday school ni 
purchase the extras which they need, t 
please do not send your orders there. 

The store is coming along very well — ' 
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in your purchases. We appreciate yc ■ 
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THIS ISSUE of the magazine conta:'i 
promotional materials for the Eas ' 
Offering. Some of the articles deal with 1 ? 
new mission in India ; you will be m t 
pleased to read about this new venture. 

There are also articles on the Argentic 
and the Nigerian work which will be of ;- 
terest to you. Our Missionai'y Board ne<|i 
our support in finances as they promote ij9 
missionary work of the church. 


Riverside, California, are pleased 
announce the arrival on February 5, 19 
of a son, John Christopher, who was b 
January 7, 1970. Rev. and Mrs. Vii 
Ingraham are the maternal grandparents 


February 28, 1970 

Page Three 




OW Fashion? 

THIS IS Monday. With all this talk today of 
changing worship services to meet the needs 
3f today ; of the church being ii'relevant for today ; 
3f preaching \\ithout "feed-back" being too 
'square"; of the people in the pews being unfed 
^vhen they attend worship services; of the chang- 
ing role of the pastor from one who spends part 
rf his time calling to that of study altogether; 
res, and even the preaching of the Word of God 
as instructed in His Word as not meeting the 
needs of the individual, I would like to relate my 
sxperiences of yesterday (Sunday). 

I went to the Park Street Brethren Churcli to 
worship. The night had brought to us three or 
four inches of snow which always cuts down the 
attendance of a service. I was surprised to see 
that the church was quite full of worshipers — 
people who felt the need of united fellowship in 
worship that only a church service can give. The 
service began with the usual prelude which set 
the mood for the rest of the morning. And 1 liave 
learned something — if you enter a \\'orship sei'- 
vice with the right attitude, expecting to know 
the Spirit of God in your life, you will soon dis- 
cover the presence of the Holy Spirit working in 
your soul and all ai'ound you ! Of course, if you 
enter to criticize you will gain nothing ! Too many 
of us do this. 

Before the sermon the Pastor received five 
college students into student membership of the 
church. The message was most timely. It was 
preached from the Word of God and certainly 
spoke to each one of us — if we were listening. 

Following the message the usual inritation was 
given. I suppose there are some who would say 
this was foolish because it has been done for many 
years and it's time for change. But the invitation 
was given. Eight people came forward. Three for 
reaffirmation of faith and rededication; three for 
reaffirmation of faith and seeking membership 
into the church; two first-time confessions. The 
entire worship service was structured for this 
.iioment — when decisions would be made for 


As I reflected upon this event, I asked myself 
why and how did all this come about, it just didn't 
happen. The answer is found in the following: 

1. The Word of God was preached I The pastor 
did not present something that dealt with the 
current events of the day, but he preached from 
the Bible and instructed us in the stewardship 
way of life. God spoke to us through the 
messenger. He did not have to use any gimmicks 
to keep our attention. 

2. The Holy Spirit honored the pastor's work 
— He convicted hearts and caused people to re- 
spond. Of course, some had discussed this decision 
before coming to worship and they knew what 
they were going to do, but this was not true with 
all of them for I sat behind three who made the 
decision to step out dui'ing the singing of the 

3. The pastor had called on some of these 
people during the week before. Decisions are made 
many Sundays during the year because our pastor 
deems it necessai^y to call. You show me a chureh 
that is growing and I will show you a pastor who 
is calling I Our pastor is concerned with bringing 
souls to Christ therefore he spends time with those 
who are in need. 

But this is not all. 

I also went to the Sunday evening service. 
Guess what? I found it to be relevant to my life, 
also. The message was timely and showed up my 
failures (and successes) as a parent and as head 
of the home. Then, to really climax the entire day 
for me, a father, two mothers, a teenage girl and 
two children were baptized ! And by ti'iune im- 
mersion, of all things ! And some of those being 
baptized were members of other congregations 
who practiced other forms of baptism! The fomi 
of baptism which we practice, and which the 
early church practiced, and which is taught in 
the Scriptures, is still relevant to us today even 
though we would like to do away with it. Again, 
as I \ritnessed the baptismal service, the form of 

continued on page 22 . . . 

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The Brethren Evangeli 

A VISIT to India is an entry 
into another world. Ancient 
in history and culture, it is a land 
of vast resources contrasted with 
almost ovei-whelming need. And, 
like Athens of old, the prevalence 
of idols and altai's everywhere 
emphasize the truth that this is a 
land of multi-fold heathen gods. 

Though this great land has been 
the scene of Christian missionary 
activity for more than a century, 
it is still considered lai'gely 
unevangelized. With less than four 
percent of tlie populace being 
Christians, even in the most 
nominal sense, and in view of its 
multitudes representing one-seventh 
of the world's population, the great 
evangelistic need for India can 
neither be ignored nor overlooked. 

The past several yeai's have marked 
a growing nationalistic spirit, with 
resulting restraints on foreign 
missionary activity. This inclination 
has grown into restrictions for 
entrance of non-Indian missionaries 
into the country. 

It is for this reason that our 
Brethren Church has teamed 
with Rev. K. Prasantha Kumar in 
the esta:blishment of a Brethren 
mission in India, with his 
appointment as its first National 
Director. And ai'ising out of this 
development came the direction 
by the Missionaiy Boai'd for its 
General Secretary to visit India to 
participate in the mission's 


Rev. K. Prasantha Kumai', with 
his wife, Nirmala, and young 
daughter, Shanthi, aiTived in 
Rajamundry, Andhra State, South 
India, on December 16, 1969; 
following Prasantha's gi-aduation 
from Ashland Theological Seminai'y 
in June, 1969, and extensive 
deputation in Brethren Churches until 
his departure for India. 
Rajahmundiy, his home city, has 
a population of 12.5,000 people. It 
has been, by previous comity 





Kumar in traditional Indian 





ebniary 28, 1970 

Page Five 

greement, predominately worked 
y the American Lutheran Church 
s a mission, though there are 
ther smaller mission agencies 
[Derating in and near the city. 
t is a Hindu "holy city" where 
ilgrims come from far and near to 

Beginning our work shortly after 
anuary 1, 1970, first there was 

search for facilities; both a home 
jr the Kumai's and a suitable 
roperty to lease for use as an 
n^hanage. A newly constructed 
ouse soon became available for the 
['Umars' home, but, though two 
ppropriate areas are under 
ansideration for the oii:)hanage 
ite, to date no reasonably-priced 
roperty has been located. 

According to Indian custom, the 
irst step toward legal status 
> an official inauguration of the 
lission. This event took place 
11 January 22, 1970, in the City 
tall of Rajahmundry, with a 
tate cabinet minister performing 
le official act. The mayor of the 
ity gave a short speech following 
lie inaugural address by Secretary 
iigraham, and Director Kumar gave 
n appropi'iate welcome and 
ronounced the benediction. More 
lian 150 people, including 
epresentatives of the churches, 
athered at the eariy nine o'clock 
our to share in the occasion. 

The next step following 
lauguration required a constitution 
eing drawn up and seven members 
D fomi the original mission 
rganization. This is required before 
pplication can be made for 
egistry as a charitable, non-profit 
ody under the Indian Societies 
Registration Act. 

On legal counsel, a preliminary 
anstitution was prepai-ed, 
tnictured similai- to that of the 
lissionai'y Board but without 
>reign affiliation. In order to 
asten application for registry, the 
tvo younger brothers of Kumai" and 
iiiniiala's mother and two brothers 

were requested to assist in forming 
the orig-inal body, with Prasantha 
Kuniai' designated President and 
National Director, and Ninnala as 
Secretary-Treasurer. Legal 
process continues, with registry 
anticipated soon. 

The formation of an Advisoiy 
Council composed of two Indian 
nationals and an expatriate 
missionary has been more difficult. 
Secretai'y Ingraham met with Dr. I. 
Ben Wati, Executive Secretaiy of 
the Evangelical Fellowship of 
India (India's equivalent of our 
National Association of Evangelicals) 
in Calcutta for a conference to 
consider the mission's ministries 
and to obtain guidance in selection 
of candidates who might competently 
serve as members of the Advisory 

This conference with Dr. Wati was 
very helpful, for he counseled to 
establish and maintain the mission 
as much as possible India-oriented, 
staffed and financed. He suggested 
that in time all funds from the 
U.S.A. should be directed to the 
Indian Board, including employment 
and supervision of all personnel, 
but cited this as the goal though 
presently not possible in the earlier 
stages of the mission. His nominees 

Reverend Kumar in study and meditation in his 
home in Rajahmundry. 

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The Brethren Evangelist' 

included prominent Indian 
evangelical leaders and two 
missionaries located in Andhra 
State. Director Kumai* and 
Secretaiy Ingraham had conferences 
with two of these men, and a 
missionaiy from the U.S.A. located 
in Secunderabad who is in charge 
of the Good News Literature Center 
has agreed to serve in this capacity. 
The other candidates have been 
contacted but to date no affinnative 
response has been received, so the 
work continues for fonning this 

The Advisory Council, according 
to our Board's operational 
relationship with the Indian 
Mission, will serve as advisors 
for the Director and will, after annual 
evaluation of our program, report 
to the Missionary Boai'd. It is 
intended that these men will be 
available to Kumar for counsel 
in matters of program and practice, 
and who shall also add a broader 
insight into the priority spiritual 
needs of India. 


Evangelism is to be the central 
thrust of our ministry in India. 
Various means are to be employed ; 
including person-to-person 
evangelism; literature, tract and 
Scripture distribution; campaign 
evangelism; plus any other ways 
which shall be opened to us. Growing 
out of an evangelistic ministry, local 
churches and the national church 
shall come into being. As the 
church becomes national in body 
and structure, it is expected that it 
shall gradually replace the 
"mission" as the predominant 

The oii^hange is to begin very 
soon, contingent upon location of 
adaptable facilities. Some leaders 
have suggested erecting a temporary 
shed in order to make a beginning 
but it is hoped that we can 
secure a building which will be both 
more suitable and pemianent. The 
needs of the very poor are almost 
beyond description, so it is 

appropriate that we should undertake 
this needed secondary ministry. 

Director Kumar has inserted 
Christmas greetings in the local 
newspaper, and Christian New Yeai''s 
greetings in the prominent national 
newspaper. From the latter he has 
received from vai'ious parts of 
India a number of inquiries 
about the mission and requests for 
Christian literature. It is 
interesting that this different 
approach should bring a ready 
response from interested people. 

Kumar has visited villages of the 
"hill people," located in remote, 
well-nigh inaccessible areas. On his 
first visit he walked for miles 
past the stop-off point for 
vehicles, in order to follow up the 
possibility of ministering to these 
largely neglected people. Secretary 
Ingraham accompanied him on his 
second visit ; this time using an 
ancient four-wheel drive Jeep in 
order to reduce the climb u]5 the 
mountain to somewhat more than a 
mile, or an hour's journey. The 
village head man indicated his 
willingness to have Kumar return 
for a regular ministiy to the people. 
This was also an opportunity for 
Prasantha to deliver several New 
Testaments and Bibles in the Telugu 

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K. Prasantha Kumar's family, his parents an 

ebruary 28, 1970 

Page Seven 

inguag-e, which he had promised 
n his first visit. 

Another invitation came to visit 
village head man, resulting in the 
lumai's and Secretai-y Ingraham 
eing treated to a genuine Indian 
inner — village style, with plenty of 
Liny, chili and other spices. At the 
anclusion of the meal, the host, a 
[indu, requested the American 
isitor to speak about Christianity 
lid to offer prayer. As more and 
lore people crowded ai'ound 
16 dooinvays to listen to the message 
id translation, it became evident 
lat the people wanted to hear more, 
his was the opportunity for 
ev. Kumai' to give a short 
/angelistic message, which was 
)llowed with prayer. It is not 
irtain, but this may well be 
le gateway into a community of 
lore than a thousand people 
miprising the village under the 
3ad man's authority. 
If village work opens up soon, it 
ill likely require both Bible 
udy groups and the training of 
)tential local leaders. Each village 
IS a need all its own, so our 
•ayers must ever be for God's 
lidance as Rev. Kumar proceeds 
ider His direction. 
The contacts with Dr. Wati and 
:her evangelicals gave indication 
' the possibility for Kumar to have 
ider participation in evangelical 
rcles, sharing in evangelism and 
y leadership training on a 
'Operative basis, and with joint 
irticipation in Christian literature 
•eparation and distribution. 
Dr. Wati has suggested that 
fasantha Kumai- should visit him 
: the Union Biblical Seminai-y at 
eotmal, to discuss our work and 
' give occasion for becoming 
•quainted. This will be in March, 
iring the time Dr. Wati will be 
lere for the seminary's board 
eeting and gi-aduation. Kumar will 
so likely attend an all-Indian 
■fresher course at the seminaiy 
e following week, which will 
•ovide for seminary graduates 

special training in e\-angelism and 
indoctrination geared specifically for 
Christian workers in India. 

A single visit to a country does 
not qualify a person to be an 
expert but it does not take an 
expert to recognize that India has a 
culture vastly different from that 
found in the Western Hemisphere. 
Both customs and conditions are alt 
such variance that we experience 
real difficulty in our understanding. 

For instance, the predominance of 
people who are veiy poor makes 
for a way of life which is a constant 
struggle to obtain the barest 
necessities. This struggle calls for 
the use of every means, honest or 
otherwise, so that every advantage 
is exploited. This, coupled with 
the rale of the rich over the poor, 
with riches being equated with power, 
leads to exploitation wherever there 
is opportunity. 

This aspect of the culture, 
unimpaired by the prevalent Hindu 
religion, sets up the conditions for 
misuse of foreign mission and 
charitable funds. The attorney 
working on our legal status 
application warned of this practice 
by unscrupulous Indians who have 
access to foreign mission funds. 
Especially singled out is the 
solicitation of support for 
on^hanges, orphans and lepers, either 

Hindu pagan god and altar. 

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The Brethren Evangi 

by fradulant misrepresentation or 
by multiple support for the same 
oiijhans; resulting in high personal 
income for the administrator and 
little or nothing going to the aid 
of the needy orphans or lepers. 

It was pointed out that when 
foreigners, usually Americans, came 
for a visit, the most scrawny or 
crippled children would be rounded 
up and an "oi"phanage" staged for 
the benefit of the visitor and his 
constituency back home, in 
order to guarantee the continuing 
flow of funds to this person. 
The great poverty and sickness in 
India sets the stage for this practice 
by unethical people astute enough 
to make a living in this fashion, 
capitalizing on the sympathy and/or 
naivety of affluent American 
Christians — well meaning in their 
giving but careless stewards of the 
Lord's money. 

With the many charitable 
activities financed by foreign 
funds, and with many who are not 
reluctant to take funds for 
unethical puii^oses, any legitimate 
Christian charitable work will feel 
a certain pressure for reciprocation. 
Our prayers must be with the 
Kumars as they seek to set up the 
orphanage on a sound Christian 
basis, in spite of these cultural 
pressui-es, in order that the onjhans 
might be not only cai'ed for in 
physical needs, but also that they 
might be led to experience the 
joys of new life in Christ. 

Another problem the Kumars and 
other Christian workers face in 
the Rajahmundry ajrea is the 
all-inclusiveness of the Hindu 
religion. Rajahmundiy is a "sacred 
spot" for Hindus, so pilgrims come 
from points far and neai' for 
worship, and idols and temples are 
to be found everywhere. 

A Hindu is willing to accept 
Jesus Christ as a god, but He is 
just another "god" added to the host 
of them he has already. Being- 
very religious, the Hindu is unwilling 

to exclude or reject any "god" 
which might possibly bring good 
to him. This all-inclusiveness makes 
evangelism very difficult for the 
Christian, for both by religion and 
culture the Hindu is conditioned to 
reject having to make a choice 
of one God, which requires rejection 
and abandonment of all the gods 
and idols he has been taught to 
worship. Our representatives must 
have the direct leading of the Holy 
Spirit as they work in this difficult 


Dr. Wati and other Indian leaders 
have indicated a trend in the 
national government which may 
result in the restriction of foreign 
money into India except for entirely 
humanitai'ian pui-jDoses. Our legal 
counsel also pointed out the 
im]3ortance of emphasizing the 
charitable aspect of our mission 
in our constitution, in order to 
establish our right to continue our 
work in India under national 
leadership. As a result, we ai'e 
unable to predict what the future 
holds for us and our mission, but 
we must ever rely on our Lord to 
find His way for continuing to 
bring the message of Life to the 
people of India. 

It is possible that these restrictions 
on foreign workers and funds will 
tend to foster a more rapid growth 
of the national evangelical churches 
of the land. It might also make 
necessary the wider inter-church 
participations and fellowship among 
true evangelicals, as they band 
together to work collectively in 
literature, coiTespondence Bible 
courses, leadership training and 
cooperative evangelism. We believe 
our representative can make a 
valuable contribution if and when 
this kind of cooperation becomes 
a necessity. 

Our conclusion, coming after our 
first brief contact with India, is 
that our work through the Kumars is 
a God-given opportunity for the 

jbruary 28, 1970 

Page Nine 

i-ethren to shai'e in living out the 
feat Commission in populous 
idia. The problems ai'e many but 
e combined efforts of the Kumars, 
e Brethren Bible Mission, the 
dvisory Council and the Brethren 

Church in the U.S.A., under 
the leadership of our Lord, shall 
result in many additional souls being 
saved for time and eternity. This 
is, and must ever be, our earnest 



THE BEGINNING of this new decade 
in history mai'ks exciting new- 
prospects for Brethren Missions. The 
launching of a new mission in India is a 
forwai'd step of faith, as Brethren 
here reach out half-way ai'ound the world 
to extend the Gospel message to the 
teeming millions of India. Granted, the work 
has just begun, but with the blessings of 
our Lord upon the Kumars and others 
whom He shall raise up, we can look for a 
great hai-vest of precious souls. 

The mission efforts in our Nigerian field 
also offers tremendous new possibilities. 
With the coming of ag-e for the 
rapidly-growing Nigerian Brethren Church 
our missionary functions must of necessity 
shift from routine church leadership to the 
moi'e specialized ministries now needed 
by the emerging church. Foremost is 
the work of literacy and literature, 
beginning with the people of Higiland, 
where God has given such an abundant 
han'est over these past thirteen years. 
Laiiy and Rose Bolinger have devoted much 
of their furlough time in prepai'ation 
for this new and exciting ministry, in 
anticipation of begimiing shortly after their 
retuni to Nigeria on or before June 4, 1970. 
Rev. Jeriy and Cheryl Grieve ha\'e also 
been in training to work in this area 
and ministiy but as yet we have no 
clearaiice for their entrance into Nigeria as 
missionaries. Dick and Kitty Winfield 
continue to give solid support to the 
expanding Church with their work at Kulp 
Bible School. 

The Argentine Church has made 
considerable progress during the past 
several yeai"s, notably in the contributions 
of Eden Bible Institute and in evangelistic 
penetrations into new ai'eas neai' our 

existing churches. The radio ministi'ies 
continue to enjoy the blessings of God 
for widespread response. This, too, is 
changing tlirough enlargement of evangelism 
made possible through addition of the new 
self-contained sound track unit. Rev. Bill 
Curtis will be active in this outreach, in 
addition to his other functions in radio and 
the Argentine Church. With the return 
of the Solomons to join with the Aspinalls 
in Eden Bible Institute, we can expect 
another surge of training activity which 
will contribute to real growth. 

These developments and new opportunities 
are timely for us as Brethren. This is 
the time for our annual ingathering for 
our World Missions support. Easter holds 
special significance for each Christian, 
and for us we ai'e also afforded opportunity 
to express our love and devotion through 
generous, sacrificial giving for spreading 
the Gospel around the world. 

The needs for overseas mission sujjijort 
are greater than ever before. In this 
time when both income and standai-d of 
living for Americans have reached an 
all-time high, we are challenged to take 
of these things of which we huve been so 
abundantly blessed, and give in abundance 
for the work which is closest to the 
heart of our Lord. 

Help us make this 1970 Easter World 
Missions Offering the highest ever. Give an 
over-and-abo\re love-gift for our Gospel 
outreach through Brethren Missions, then 
give regulai'ly aiid consistently for the 
maintenance on the field of our missionai'ies 
who go as our representatives to Nigeria, 
Argentina and India. In this way we 
share of our abundance, and also shai'e 
in the blessings of the han'est tJiere. 

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We request the honour of your presence at the 
Inauguration of the 


on Thursday, January 22, 1970 at 9-00 a.m. 
in the Municipal Council Hall, Rajahmundry 


Minister for Power, Government of Andhra Pradesfi 
has kindly consented to inaugurate the Mission 


Municipal Chairman, Rajahmundry 

2vill preside over the function 


General Secretary, Missionsuy Board of the Brethren Church, U. S. A. 

will deliver the Inaugural address 


National Director 
Brethren Missions in India 

With best compliments: Dr. K. S. Hirams, Bishop K. Vijayaralnam 

JANUARY 22, 1970, is a red-letter day in address, tracing tlie backgi'ound of The Brethre 

Brethren Missions. It was on tliis eai'ly Tuesday Church and outlining the puipose and aspiration 

morning in the City Hall of Rajahmundry that of the new venture. Then followed the ceremonif 

the Brethren Bible Mission was officially inaugu- inauguration, the mayor's speech and words o 

rated. On hand to do the honors was a state cab- thanks and welcome by Rev. K. Prasantha KumaJ 

inet minister, supported by the city's mayor, who the National Director of Brethren Bible Mission. 

presided over the meeting and delivered a short j^ ■ ■ . . • , . .i a. j.i i, • -j. 

, , , ,_o J. j_, • ■ -It IS mterestmg to note that the above mvits 

speech on behalf of the new mjssion. ,.^, , ,. , n i .i . 

„, ., , ,, ,, J,.,, J J, , , 4. J tion was delivered personally by the two younge 

The city hall was well-filled for the event, and k*,u -fT> -^ /I i .. 

, 11 1 -.1 1 , • 1 . J brothers of Rev. Kumai- to church, missionar 

attendance was swelled with a crowd which stood 

at the door to witness the cabinet minister as he 

unveiled the special silver plaque which announced 

the inauguration. The president of the Lutheran . , , •,, i, ,, .,..„. , . . 

„, 1 . 1 ^ „ J ,, , . .J., carried out with all the speciail significance whiC: 

Theological College opened the meeting with • j- ,■ .• , i_i • • j_ i f _,. t i- 

and civil leaders of the city. Their painstakin; 
effort illustrates the thorough-going prepai-atio: 
which went into the planning for this eveni 

is distinctive to this ancient land of India. 

The name, Brethien Bible Mission, was cai 

tary Ingrahaim first delivered the inaugural chosen for the new outreach. Consideration wa 

prayer, and then followed the introductions and 

garlanding of participants in the program. Secre- The name, Brethi-en Bible Mission, was cai-efullj 

ebruary 28, 1970 Page Eleven 

iveii to the thoug-hts conveyed by the words as new cluirch will be known as the Brethren Bible 

)und in the Telugu and Hindi languages, and Church. Our Brethren in the U. S. A. can rejoice 

■anslated into English. It is intended that when with the Kumars and theii- Indian co-workers for 

le national Indian church has emerged as the the beginning of a vision for India which has long 

atgrowth of a vigorous evangelistic program, the been a heart-burden. 

'ear Brethren in Christ: 

As I write these lines to i/ou, I think of the short time which 
vmains before our departure from Argentina {February H) and I 
'alize that you, will probably read this after our landing in the 
nited States once again. With these thoughts in mind, my memory 
wns back to the almost tivelve years since we first arrived 
■ Argentina. Many things have happened during these years. We as 
family have grown from three to five, many new friends have 
',en made, changes have been seen in the Argentine Church, 
id a real concern for the work here has developed; so that the joys 
id problems of both the radio ivork and the Argentine Church 
we become personal. 

In the radio work, new stations hare been added, some former 
ations lost to us, new personnel added, as also some old friends 
ive moved on to other fields, but in general, growth has been 
-.perienced. New equipment has been added, as also the new home for 
■e radio ministry here in our Brethren Headquarters building. Many 
ings still ivait to be done but I'm sure that as Bill and Fran 
urtis replace us here as your representatives in Buenos Aires, Bill 
ill continue to ccmtribute to the expansion of this effective 
'angelistic ivitness for our Lord and Savior. Remember this ivork in 
mr prayers and especially Bill and Fran in their nuiny duties 
ire in Buenos Aires. 

The Brethren Church in Argentina has also grown during this 
iriod that we have been eye witnesses. Churches have been 
iveloped, new annexes have been opened, new programs of evangelization 
ive been started, and possibly the biggest single project — the Eden 
ible Institute — was started. The Aspinalls and the Solomons are 
timatebj involved in this last project and we add our prayers 
yours tliat the Lord might use them and the Bible Institute for an even 
•eater blessing in the years to come for His church in Argentina, 
'e thank God for the privilege He has given us to work ivith 
,e Church here during these years, principally in the National 
Iministration of the Argentine Church. 

Looking back always makes one sad, and we are sad when we think 
' parting from our friends and co-ivorkers during these tivelve 
lars but we also look forward in anticipation to our neiv responsibilities 
! Associate Secretary of the Missionary Board of the Brethren 
hurch, where ive will still be in contact ivith the Argentine ministries. 
'e also look forivard to the opportunity to jirepare ourselves for 
mtinued service ivherever He tnight lead in the futxire. This we cannot 
iticipate but only trust in Him, that He has a plan for our lives and 
e need but follow Him. And last, but surely not least, ive look 
trward to meeting you, our friends in the United States once again, 
'ay the Lord bless each one of you. 

Yours in Christ, 
John D. Rowsey 





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Are We 





Mark 16:15? 


npiE COMMANDMENT of Christ 
-•■ to go and preach the gospel 
to all creatures is still real and 
actual in these times. We accept it as 
children of God and in our own 
form or manner we comply, either 
with personal methods or 
collectively such as by denominations. 
But, if we look at the work of 
the Church (the pastor and believers) 
we circumscribe our immediate 
area, the geographic territory 
designated as the responsibility 
of the local church, and here is 
deposited all of the evangelistic 
capacity of the church. The days, 
months, and years pass with our 
only puiijose that of converting 
our neighbors and families, 
forgetting to extend "the tent 
stakes" further than is our custom. 
Thus ai'ises a question which we 
need to answer: "what right do our 
neighbors have to hear the gospel 
hundreds of times when there ai'e 
thousands and millions that have 
not heard the message one time?" 

Consciously or unconsciously, we 
are limiting the command of the 
Lord. When He expressed these 
sublime words. He was thinking of 
the field of action as The World; 
and all creatures — all inhabitants 
of the world. 

Thus, it is necessaiy to put into 
practice the conmiand of the Lord 

now with the means that God 
has put into our hands. Missionaiy 
outreach makes possible the cariying 
of the gospel to those who do not 
know the plan of salvation, for 
the Lord demands the faithful 
fulfillment of His command. 

Personally, I believe that God 
has prepai'ed a place in the 
world for the Brethren Church 
in Argentina to begin its missionaiy 
activity of cai'rying the Good News 
of salvation. 

All of the activities cai'ried forth 
in local churches ai"e good and 
necessary, but this isn't enough 
because we become confoi-mists 
and selfish ; we want all for ourselves 
and the needs of other lands do 
not disturb us. But, now that the 
Brethren Church in Argentina has 
grown, it is time that we band 
together, detemiined meaning and 
magnificance the text: "Go ye 
into all the world and preach 
the gospel to every creature," making 
it a reality with our missionary 

Translated from the Januciry 1970 issue of Testis 

Translator's note: This translation of an article _ 
the Argentine counterpart of The Bretliren Evang:elis_ 
written by one of our leading pastors in the Argentin* 
Brethren Church, shows the desire of our Argentin 
Brethren to reach out from their loccil sun'oundings an 
begin a wider outreach. Pray for our Church in Argei 
tina as it enters into maturity, sensing its greater n 
sponsibilities as it grows and becomes stronger. 

John D. Rowsey 

ibruary 28, 1970 

Page Thirteen 



To open your eyes to a new reality, the common life — does it cost? 

To be patient with a companion that doesn't behave like a friend . . . 

To obey a schedule, give up a part of your personal liberty 
to submit to orders ... 

To feel humble when another receives a responsibility that 
you would wish . . . 

To find others doing the things that you thought only you 
could do . . . 

To be silent when not in agreement with something or someone . . . 

To cry when you feel to blame for something that affects 
everybody . . . 

To bear patiently when you suffer for the error of othei's . . . 

Yes, it costs, but at the same time it is good; 

It is to live, to become acquainted, and to love. 

"HD FEEL God reveal Himself when we thought Him 
far away, to feel suddenly that all is unreal, that 
;re aren't words for Him, that He is intimate to one 
t to others He's not important; these are conflicting 
rrings, yet we are led to realize that God exists, that 
■ really lives. To share in a Camp, a community life 
Camp Diquecito, to be in communion with others 
>m other parts of Argentina, is to learn to live. I 
i for pardon from the Lord, for I have made many 

mistakes, but I know that I have come to look for a 
need and I have found it; I have come to give a little 
of myself, and I have received much in return. 

Virginia Powell 

Editor's note: Virginia is the fifteen-year-old great- 
granddaughter of Dr. Charles F. Yoder, pioneer 
missionary to Argentina. 


by Regina Rowsey 

)ECENTLY, a second satellite was placed in 
»■ orbit above the northwest coast erf Brazil, 
e here in Argentina have benefitted from 
telsat 1. We were so impressed also with the 
oon landings. In this new era of communications 
ere still remains a vital message to be given to 
I people, God's message of salvation. 
God does not need a satellite today such as 
itelsat. He prefers to communicate through His 
lildren this Gospel message. How are you com- 

municating to the lost, God's wonderful plan of 
salvation? Have you heard the message so often 
that you have forgotten why you have been saved ? 
We are saved to tell others. The hymn by Fannie 
Crosby, written so many yeai's ago, gives us a clue 
as to what we need to do: 

"Rescue the pershing, cai-e for the dying. 
Snatch them in pity fi'om sin and the grave ; 
Weep o'er the erring one, lift up the fallen. 
Tell them of Jesus the mighty to save." 

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The Brethren Evangeli 



As I FLOATED throug-h space, 
nothing seemed real, not 
the brig-lit, vivid colors nor the 
sounds ai'ound me. But I was not 
alone, for there were others 
there with me, caug^ht up in that 
space of time when you ai'e 
neither here nor there. Floating 
in that transition period when you 
have already departed but have 
not yet aiTived. 

But suddenly my trip is over 
and reality comes pushing and 
shoving in at me from all sides. 
I'm back in Argentina, and reality is 
there in the fonn of warni 
greetings and the smiling faces of 
the Rowseys and Aspinalls. And 
reality continues as the days 
pass, coming in many foi-ms ; 
familiar habit of mai-keting eveiy 
day, speaking and hearing Spanish 
once more. 

Many changes have taken place 
in your yeai''s absence; new roads, 
new products, new styles. Yes, 
there have been many changes — 
but there is one thing that 

remains the same; that can be 
seen in the eyes of the busy 
mother as she does her shopping, the 
business man rushing home after 
a long day of work, the child 
playing in the street, the need 
for Christ that is real. 

Yes, we've come again to the 
home to which the Lord has called 
us for this term of misssionai'y 
sen'ice — and the need is real. 

Thirty-four Argentine Brethren turn out to w^ 
come the Curtis family upon their return to tl| 

ibruary 28, 1970 

Page Fifteen 

^ew Leaders 

or the Higi Church 


r AN AREA where the church grows rapidily and 
t is found that the majority of the people has been 
the church only a few years, Christian nurture is 
prime importance. Careful instruction is needed in 
ier to develop these new members into mature Chris- 
ns. These "babes in Christ" are very impressionable 
i some will become discouraged easily so that they 
ft back into their pagan ways. If the church is to 
iserve these new believers, it must undertake a con- 
itrated program of Christian nurture and member- 
p training. This means workers and leaders are 
ided, but, unfortunately, they are not being trained 
;t enough to meet the needs of the church, 
into a situation like that mentioned above came two 
■n, both native to the Higi area. These men are John 
,li and Zira Dyia. These men attended primary school 
i then were sent to Kulp Bible School for training 
evangelists. They proved to be so capable and highly 
itivated that they were accepted by the Theological 
liege of Northern Nigeria at Bukuru. This is an inter- 
lominational school supported by many different 
ssions to provide higher training for men showing 
tential as leaders and ministers. All instruction is in 
glish. This made real demands on John and Zira who 
A little English. They worked very hard and stood up 
der the strong competition. John finished at the top 
his class. In spite of the fact that many of his fellow 
idents had much more training than John, he was 
;ermined to overcome any handicap. Out of this 
ve, John developed a real thirst for reading English. 

When John and Zira returned to the Higi area in 
February of 1969, they traveled widely with me in order 
to get an overview of what was happening in the 
churches. They would need this knowledge as they 
worked closely with the newly formed advisory com- 
mittee for the Higi churches. 

At Majalisa (the general conference of the churches 
in Lardin Gabas) the ministers voted to ordain John 
Guli and Zira Dyia before I left the area. This was done 
because it was understood that these men would be 
taking over most of the work of the missionary. 

In May, 1969, John and Zira were ordained into the 
ministry. The moderator of Lardin Gabas, Elder Mai 
Sule Biu, traveled over 100 miles on his motorcycle that 
morning to conduct the service. The Moda Church was 
packed with almost 800 people who had gathered to 
take part in this important service of the church. 

In the picture we see Mai Sule Biu, on the far left, 
shaking the hand of Zira Dyia. In the center, Psistor 
Daniel proudly looks on as Pastor Bulus Zira, in the 
white shirt on the left, shakes the hand of John Guli. 
I had to agree with Pastor Mai Sule when he Sciid this 
is an important day. Now there were 4 ordained pastors 
to serve the 7 Higi churches. With a membership of 
well over 5,000, the Higi churches need more men with 
the quality of character and strength of faith which 
both John Guli and Zira Dyia have exhibited. These men 
have come to the area at a time when they are needed 
to train others for the work of the ministry. 

ilam Iliya Kwaji and his wife, Maria, in front 
the Mbororo Church. 

Congratulations were in order at the ordination 
seiTice for John Guli and Zii-a Dyia which was 
held at the Moda Church. 

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The Brethren Evangeli 



ONE OF THE developments in the growth of the 
Higi churches is to see men of training and pur- 
pose accepting leadership roles in the church. When 
we arrived at Mbororo, we thought the church would 
be gciining needed help and leadership from teachers 
who had received their training from mission schools. 
Instead we found that few teachers entered into church 
activities, in fact, some were so critical and devisive 
that they weakened the church. It was difficult for 
these men of training to sit under the preaching of men 
of less training than themselves. 

Malam Ihya Kwaji was a delightful change to this 
pattern. He is the head-master of the Mljororo Primary 
School and holds a teacher's certificate of the highest 
level offered by the Nigerian government for teachers 
with less than a university degree. This level is called. 
Grade One Certificate. 

Since the time he returned from advanced training, 
Malam Iliya has taken a very active part in church 
activities. His stabilizing influence did much to strength- 
en the work of the Mbororo Church. He was selected 
as chairman of the building committee for constructing 
the new building at Mbororo. He worked hard to over- 
come resistence due to misunderstandings and saw the 
project completed successfully. 

As the result of his outstanding Christian witness 
and leadership qualities, Malam Iliya was chosen by the 
ministers of Lardin Cabas to be placed in the proba- 

tionary ministiy. This is equivalent to licensing in t 
Brethren Church. On March 16, 1969, a large group 
people gathered in the new Mbororo Church buildi 
to take part in the service of setting Malam Iliya a 
his wife, Maria, aside for the work of the probationa 
minister. Pastor Daniel conducted the service. Ma 
people from the outvillages came to show their respi 
for Malam Iliya. The Mbororo Church building is rou 
in shape in keeping with the traditional architecture 
the area. Behind the worship area is a cross-shap 
window. It is seen over the shoulder of Pastor Dan 
in this picture. The walls of the building were built 

Malam Iliya has served on several committees 
Lardin Gabas. Last Fall, as we were preparing ] 
furlough, an advisory committee for the Higi church 
was formed to assume much of the work of the missi. 
ary. Malam Iliya was selected by church leaders 
the area to be one of the nine men on this committ 
In the organizational meeting, he was unanimou, 
called to be the chairman of this committee. He 1, 
devoted long hours and much thought to this job a, 
helped to give this committee the strength and dri 
that it needed to be an effective force in the H 

We feel that God is working mightly through lead, 
like Malam Iliya Kwaji to build a strong and vii 
churcli among the Higi people. 

Licensing service of Malam Iliya Kwaji in the 
Mbororo Church. 

>ruary 28, 1970 

Page Seventeen 

Reaching Out -Into the 70's 
through the Printed Page 

BACHING out into Nigeria 
■• tliroiigh the printed page is a 
N venture the Brethren Church 
))bout to undertake. Where the 
jeriences of this expeinment 
1 caiTy us we do not now ls;now. 
e writer is sure that the 
sons leai'ned will set us in good 
ad to assist other national 
irches that ai-e faced with the 
iiplex problems of an illiterate 

't is hoped that as a literacy 
i literature program takes shape 
the Higi ai'ea, there will be basic 
icepts and hopefully methods 
it can be used to build such a 
Tiaculai' program for the other 
bal areas in our Nigerian Brethi'en 
urch, called Lai'din Gabas. 
kVe of America find it veiy 
ficult to understand how any 
ranization can function without 
itten materials that all can read, 
t it is an established fact that the 
jority of the churches in the world 
! attempting to do just that. The 
5s of communication ai-e greatly 
paired, not only between the 
Id and home churches, but more 
;hin the established churches in 
! field, whether in Africa, Asia 
Central and South America. 
OSS misunderstanding feeds the 
iwing fears and builds a growing 
strust which must be oveiTome 
'ore effective partnership can 
;e place. 

^'aulty communication hinders 
mgelism in that the message 
omes unrecognizable or 
comprehensible. The national is 
sure of what he hears and has no 
erence on which to fall back, 
ilnadvertantly he spreads a 


Page Eighteen 

The Brethren Evange! 

false concept. It grows. It may 
become a new sect. 

The trained leaders of the chureh 
become waiy of the untrained 
preachers because they seem to twist 
their words. They soon become 
critical of, or overly defensive against, 
those of less training. Thus, the 
opportunity for a wholesome 
shai'ing becomes strained and 
slows to a trickle. No one seems to 
understand why. 

The members of the local village 
congregation cannot understand why 
the trained leaders of the central 
or district church do not visit 
more often. It appears to the members 
that he comes only to help them 
solve a problem or ask for more 
money. He speaks of things 
of which they have never heai'd and 
they wonder: "can such things 
be so?" Doubt and niistiiist 
enters and restricts the relationship 
so that it is difficult for the 
leaders to get to know the local 
church people and visa versa. 

Stewardship seems at a low ebb 
because it is so difficult to interest 
people in ideas or programs of 
which they are not a pail or of 
which they do not understand. The 
village congregation looks to the 
central church for help ; the central 
church looks to the district church for 
help ; and the district church looks 
to the mission or foreign churches for 
answers to its problems. 

How easy it is to say that 
better leadership training would 
effectively aid evangelism, and 
reduce the misunderstanding between 
the local congregations and the 
central or district churches. Or we 
might say that an intensive program 
of stewardship training would help 
to arouse interest in and support 
of the programs of the church. 
Certainly these must be a part of 
the answer, but the writer is 
concerned that basic to these 
problems is the need to effectively 
open the channels of communication 
between the uneducated masses in 

the membership and the trained 
decision makers. 

There can be no easy answer, 
but it has been proven in nation 
after nation that when the masses 
gain access to the written sources of 
the decision makers, the 
communication bai'riers are greatly 
reduced. This provides not only a 
common gi'ound for discussion, but 
becomes a means for projecting 
ideas, activities, and conveying 

A literacy program coupled 
with literature production should 
not only be instructive but offer 
stimulation for self-expression. 
While such a program may have to be 
started by highly trained 
missionai'ies, it should be geared 
to the needs of the local situation 
and have built into it a program 
of training the nationals in all 
aspects of the program so that within 
a projected time the national 
could function independently of 
any outside influences. This would 
become a means of expressing 
the identity of the local church. 

The printed pages offer a handy 
reference at any time and can 
greatly overcome misconceptions 
and feai's. It can confimi traths 
which may have been only 
partially learned. Once that 
confidence is built in the individual, 
it opens thalt person to a whole 
new realm of freedom and open 
expression of ideas. 

Perhaps the basic reason Brethren, 
through its Missionary Boai'd, is 
attempting to venture into the 
field of literacy and literature 
at this time is to find ways of 
building a truly indigenous national 
church in Nigeria and to find ways 
to keep the communication open 
and free with it. 

We will be reaching out into the 
70's through the jDrinted page in 
literacy education and literature 
productions like Bible translation. 
We are reaching out in faith ! Will 
you reach with us? 

iruary 28, 1970 

Page Nineteen 

ANYTHING! That is a 
imittment not very many people 
ke. Sadly enough far too many 
iple would rather have Jesus 
,n almost anything. I do not 
>w a person that doesn't want 
live the most abundant life 
sible, nor anyone that would not 
ept all the promises offered by 
1, but I only know a few that 
1 follow the footprints made by 
us Christ to attain such a 
.venly wealth. 

Vhy is the acceptance of Jesus 
often on conditional terms? 
iditional temis like: "I'll accept 
us if it isn't inconvenient ! I'll 
whatever Jesus wants me to do if 
loes not conflict with my own 
J of thinking- and better interest ! 
be a faithful Christian, too; 
t is, if I don't have to witness 
1 tell people about Jesus !" Do you 
•w anyone in your church like 
t? If so, why? Answer: Read 
first three sentences again. 
^es, we will tiTist Jesus Christ for 
rnal salvation but too often only 
i our abilities satisfactoiy as 
>lution to today's living! That is 
)ocracy ! For abundant living 
the keys to your life must be 
ned over to Jesus. Giving Christ 
:r life without all of the keys 
ike my giving you a 1970 Jaguar 
[X without a battery, because 
ai'dless of the expense or 
factiveness of the car; it won't 
Ige without the battery. That 
tery is your heart and until you 
e it completely surrendered 
jtod, your spiritual life won't 
Ige either ! 

Vhat God claims, you must 
Id; what you yield. He accepts; 
at He accepts. He fills; what He 
i, He uses; what He uses, He 
ises, and you cannot be blessed 
il you first yield yourself! 
lave you ever noticed how the 
iity and importance of God 
ins to take on a new picture 
ihe hospital bed or in an accident ? 
: concern and desire to do 

Let Go 

and Let God 

I'd Rather Have Jesus 


eveiything God would want you to 
do then becomes real. The person 
that gets the most out of life, 
however, is the one who recognizes 
this reality and imijortance of God 
before a crisis arises. They recognize 
it because they would rather have 
Jesus than anything.' 

When I get to Heaven I would 
like to see a sign that reads: "Help 
Wanted! Due to a sudden population 
explosion in Heaven, more rooms 
are being added to God's mansion." 
Before there can be a population 
explosion in Heaven, there first 
has to be an evangelistic, 
so'ul- winning explosion on earth ! 
People will not be converted if we 
do not have the conviction to convert 
them ! We will never see that day 
until we say with all of our heaii;, 
mind, soul and strength, "I'd 
rather have Jesus than anything." 

Where will the Gospel go? It's in 
your hands. That is where it either 
ends or begins. What ai"e you doing ? 
The time is now. The place is 
everywhere. The need is in your 
heaii; to let go and let God! 

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The Brethren Evang* 




430 South Evaline Street 


Occupied February 7, 1970 


Occupied November 30, 1969 


by Rev. M. Virgil Ingraham 

General Secretary 
The Missionary Board of The Brethren Church 

God has opened up a whole new future for the proclamaHon of the riches of Jesus Ch 
through the Brethren Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with — 

1. Modern Buildings attractive to people — 

2. In a desirable residential neighborhood — 

3. Close enough to former location to maintain foundation of pre- 
vious ministry 


Pictured at left are some of the 52 people ' 
attended the "Kick-Off celebration" which sf 
sored the Building Fund and New Ministry of 
First Brethren Church of Pittsburgh. 

Pittsburgh Brethren aie going "Forward v 
Christ" as they follow the theme that t 
adopted January 1, 1968. The theme is "All Thi 
Are Possible, Only Believe." 

uary 28, 1970 

Page Twenty-one 

REV. R. J. (Dick) GODWIN Announces 



entered into by — 

# The Pennsylvania District Missionary Board 

# The National Missionary Board of The Brethren Church 

9 The Congregation of the First Brethren Church of Pitts- 
burgh, Pennsylvania 

Tliere is an immense need in the "inner city" today for a Bible 
Believing — Bible Preaching — Soul Saving ministry wliich brings 
people to "personal envolvement" with Jesus Christ! 



An extremely well-built church building just seventeen years 

An equally well-built parsonage with six-room living quar- 
ters (all on one floor) along with garage, pastor's study, 
and nursery; plus laundry room in basement — only eight 
years old. 


A balance due of $65,000 INTEREST FREE for a period of 
fourteen months (expires February I, 1971). 



That the Lord will stir hearts to give financially to this work 
of His before February I, 1971. 

That financing will be available for Mortgage Contract on 
unpaid balance. 


Page Twenty-two 

The Brethren Evang' 

World Religious News 

in Review 


Detroit (EP)— A 13-y ear-old Jew- 
ish boy in his Bar Mitzvah address 
here suggested the possibiUty that 
the prophet Isaiah was "high on 
drugs" when he saw God and the 

"I agree that Isaiah went into the 
chapel, but I don't think he saw God 
without help such as drugs," Scdd 
James Harry Kabcenell of The New 
Temple, a Reform congregation 

According to the Detroit Free 
Press, Rabbi Ernst Conrad approved 
the "semionette" topic for the Bar 
Mitzvah service — the traditional ini- 
tiation into manhood of a Jewish 
male as a "son of duty or command." 

While admitting that the topic of 
the message was "unusual," Rabbi 
Conrad noted that James "had a 
point" and that his theory was 


New York (EP)— Tennessee Wil- 
liams said here that he loves the 
ritual of the Roman Catholic Church 
and "the concept of Our Lady, but 
I don't go to church any more. . . ." 

The famed playwright, previously 
an Episcopalian, became a convert 
to Catholicism in January 1969. An- 
nouncements of the event by a Key 
West, Florida, priest made headlines 
around the world. 

Mr. Williams was interviewed by 
The New York Times shortly after 
his release from a prolonged hospi- 
tal confinement. He attributed his 
illness partly to self abuse through 
"pills and liquor." He said he was 
off both and wanted to "stay off." 

Concerning his view of the Church 
and reUgion, the Pulitzer Prize win- 
ner said, "If some priest were to 
ask me now, 'Do you believe in im- 
mortality or the infallability of the 
Church?' I would have to say no. 
I do need God and I do pray, but 
formal religion. ..." 

The interviewer, Lewis Funke, 
said the playwright left the sentence 


San Antonio, Texas (EP) — A con- 
gress on evangelism is planned for 
Latin Americans hving in the United 
States — an event which its general 
coordinator says will be the first 
time this group of U.S. citizens has 

ever cooperated In a national ef] 

The Rev. H. O. Espinoza, a pa 
in Cucamonga, California, told 
News Service the October 27 - 
vember 1, 1970 Congreso La 
Americano De Evangelismo in 
Antonio is an extension of 
Bogota congress held last fall. 

"When Latin Americans inqu 
about representation at the 
Congress on Evangelism in Min 
polls," Espinoza said, "the direc 
pointed at Bogota as the one 
accommodate us. When we w: 
to the directors of Congreso La 
Americano Evangelismo in Colon 
they pointed back to the U.S. ( 
gress as the place we should go 
we had to arrange our own." 

Five delegations of Latin An 
cans from the U.S. did attend 
Bogota conclave and represented 
largest delegation from a su 
country — 100 men. From these, 
executive council lor the U.S. 
elected to launch CLADE - USA. 

The San Antonio gathering 
feature the theology of evangeli 
the practice of evangelism, and 
technology of evangelism, Espir 

"It wUl be a working conventii 
he stressed, "not a talking con 
tion." Delegates will be assigne( 
TV and radio appearances, to st 
work and to other "experimen 
evangelistic missions that too o. 
Latin Americans think are work; 
only for North Americans. 

The congress will serve Pu 
Ricans of New York, Mexican; 
Texas, Cubans of Miami, Spa 
Americans of Southern Califoi 
and even Portuguese of New 1 
land, the general coordinator ss 

. . . continued from page U 

baptism spoke to me of the Trinity and of the 
sacrificial death of my Master. Why should we 
compromise ? 

So, I found the following in my expeiience of 
yesterday : 

1. The worship services of the day met the 
spiritual needs of my life, and evidently the same 
was true in other lives for many came to the 

2. The Church and the message of the Church 
is relevant to my life. 

3. The preaching of the Word can "stt 
home" and convict. 

4. That a Christian can be fed spirituallj 
attending and participating in the act of wors 
It happened to me. 

.5. That calling on the part of the pasto 
necessary for the spiritual and numerical grc 
of the congregation. 

6. That the Triune form of baptism wj 
"visual-aid" to my spiritual life. 

If this is being old-fashion, then I like it 
I'm certain that many of you do, too! 

ruary 28, 1970 

Page Twenty-three 



nes E. Norris 

Program for March 



ptiire for devotions: Ephesians 3:1-10 
s a Layman I will try to direct our attention to the 
srence between law and grace. It is my feeling that 
■e are many people today who want to work their 
■ to Heaven by the observance of the law and by 
ig a good moral life. We want to show in this study 
ght the true meaning of law and grace. In the Old 
tament grace is often referred to as favor. Finding 
>r with God is often noted as loving-kindness. Our 
mentary says, "The scarlet thread running through- 
the Bible is the story of God's unmerited love and 
■mptive action on behalf of His children. The New 
:ament makes it clear that salvation is from first 
ist by grace. Yet it also clearly states that man ma\' 
56 or refuse the grace which is offered." 
,16 Hebrew word for law Is torah. The law as used 
ne Bible usually refers to the Word of God received 
Moses on Mt. Sinai, also known as the Ten Com- 
idments. As time passed it became necessary to 
le certain duties of man to his neighbor, etc., whicli 
not defined in the original. This became an ad- 
>nal code and much of it was known as "oral law." 
know that when the stipulations of God's law were 
sgressed. His wrath was often felt. (Have one of 
• group read Genesis 20:1-17 here.) You shall note 
■, "Thou Shalt not" do these things. Discuss this. 

ussion topics: 

tie law demands righteousness. 

le law demands righteousness of man, but no where 
ie law do you learn of man being saved by it. There 

was sin before there was a law. The law did not remove 
sin: it only makes us conscious of sin. 

2. Entire obedience demanded. 

Read Deuteronomy 27:26; Galatians 3:10; James 2:10. 

3. All men guilty under the law. 

Read Romans 3:19. Here we see that no man is justi- 
fied by the law, therefore he cannot be saved by the 

4. The law is fulfilled in Christ. 

Read Matthew 5:17-19. "Knowing that a man is not 
justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of 
Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, 
that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and 
not by the works of the law: for by the works of the 
law shall no flesh be justified" (Gal. 2:16). 

5. The grace of God. 

Read Luke 2:40; Ephesians 2:4; Titus 2:11. Grace and 
truth came by Jesus Christ (John 1:16). You are not 
under the law, but under grace (Rom. 6:14). 

Law came by Moses; grace came by Christ. 

Law reveals sin of man; grace reveals the love of 

Law sentences a living man to death; grace brings 
a dead man to life. 

Law brings knowledge of sin; grace brings knowledge 
of the Son. 

Law tells us to love God; grace tells us God loves us. 

The law was not done away with, but fulfilled in 

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Devotional Program for Mar 

CaU to Worship 
Song Service 
Circle of Prayer 

Bible Studies: 

Senior: What does the Bible say about . 
Junior: "The Bible — Our Guidebook" 


Discussion Questions: 

Seniors: Discussion over chosen book 

Special Music 


"Spirit of Sisterhood" 

S.M.M. Benediction 




TN EPHESIANS 5:1 Paul says, "Since you are God's 
dear children, you must try to be like him. Your life 
must be controlled by love. . . ." What does it mean to 
have your life controlled by love? Control means every 
part of you is in\'olved and every aspect of your life 
deals with love. How about your life? Do the people 
who know you think you are a "love"ly person? 
Especially your family, do they think you are a "love"- 
able person? Sometimes this question is asked another 
way, Are you fun to live with? 

Sometimes the hardest place to show Christ-like love 
is at home. If your life is mostly concerned with love it 
will show in the little things that you do. How about 
in the morning when Mom calls you for school — are 
you a grouch? How about when it is time to do the 
dishes — are you a loving helper or a moaner? Remem- 
ber the verse we talked about last month Ephesians 
4:2-3. "Be humble, gentle, and patient always. Show 
your love by being helpful to one another." 

This is also talking about getting along with brothers 
and sisters. The way of Jesus is to be patient. How 
patient are you with younger brothers and sisters who 
get in your hair and in your things? How gentle are 
you with the little ones in your family? Or maybe you 
only have older brothers and sisters — are you helpful or 
in the way most of the time? The people we love most 

are our famUy members, but how did you show tl 
you loved them recently? Think of a task you are a; 
to do that really bothers you. Is it something that m; 
you whine and groan and have to be ordered to it 
fore the task is completed? Next time show your 
by flashing a smile and wUlingly offering your 
vices to be helpful. (Be careful though, your Mom mi 
faint. ) 

Paul goes on to say "Do your best to preserve; 
unity which the Spirit gives, by the peace that b 
you together" (4:3). He is talking about the churc 
Ephesus but the same is true in families. You ■ 
have something that binds you together apart i 
every other famDy. That bond is a very important 
and especially great if it is peace. That means not 
ing a lot of fighting and bickering in your family 
not a lot of moaners and groaners who won't do ■ 
part of sharing the load in the family. It means ha 
each one try to live peacefully with the others. If' 
isn't happening now in your family let it start 
you ! 

In verse 7 of this same chapter 4 Paul says God : 
a special gift to each one of us. What is the speciaM 
He gave you? Have you decided yet what it is? In 
family you may have a gift to be especially love; 
keeping peace; avoiding fights with other family ii 

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s. Or maybe you have a special gift to be helpful. 
3 you especially good at keeping your room cleaned 

or doing your assigned chores on Saturday without 
ring to be told more than once. Maybe your special 
t is simply to be the very best in school you can be. 
is important that you do your best, not necessarily 
the all A student but the very best you can be. 
^ast time we tallied about Paul's nephew who acted 
ponsibly and did what he l^new he must do. Again 

have a story of a young girl who also acted when 
: thought she should. Read II Kings 5:1-15. 
n the first verse we can see that Naaman was a 
y important man in the Syrian army. It says he was 
•at, honourable and a mighty man in valour. In his 
isehold was a maid or young slave girl who served 

wife. It would have been a special position to have 
rl<;ed for such an important man. I would imagine 
t this young girl, who was probably about the same 
• as most of you, was very pretty. You see this man 
uld have had his pick of the slaves that were brought 
•k from Israel, and he would likely have chosen an 
ractive slave to have around his house. She was 
D probably a very good help and did well at the tasks 
y assigned her, or they would have sent her away 
1 replaced her at the first sign of poor work, 
'his young girl had been taken captive in her home 
d of Israel and been brought to a strange countrj'. 
'ould guess that she was very lonely for her family 
I more than a little bit frightened at what they might 
to her. She would work very hard each day to please 
' mistress so as not to be mistreated or replaced. It 
ms from the story we have here that she must have 
'Wn to love and be concerned for these people as her 
n family, because she did something that was to be 
lajor occurance in the life of this man, Naaman. 
Ve are told that this great and mighty man was 
licted with leprosy. This dread disease had no cure 
that day and was the kind of disease that got worse 
the years went on, never any better. It was also 
hly contagious so that all leper individuals, as the 
;ase grew worse, had to be isolated from their fami- 
i and taken to colonies away from the cities where 
y could only associate with other lepers. The disease 
Bcted your life so dramatically and so completely 
t it was feared above all other afflictions of that 

)ut of concern for her master this young maid told 
' mistress that there was a prophet in Samaria who 
lid heal the leprosy. Her simple plea that she wished 
5 prophet were near with God's power to heal her 
ster started a chain of events that eventually led to 
ae wonderful things. We can never know what con- 
uences our actions will have, but if we listen to the 
■d and do what we know pleases Him they will be 
ipy things. 

faaman sent word to the King of Israel that he 
ited to be healed and the king was terribly upset. 

It says he was in such a rage that he tore the clothes he 
was wearing. He said he had no power to heal, and he 
was afraid that Naaman was just trying to start a fight 
with him. At this point, however, the prophet Elisha 
heard of the incident and said, "Send Naaman to me 
and I will show him that there is a man in Israel who 
has the power of God. The verses 9 through 14 tell us 
the details of how he was healed by God through 
Elisha. Read them again. Verse 15 then tells us that out 
of this experience Naaman believed in God and turned 
away from any idols he might have been worshipping 
to say that there is no other God in all the earth. 

God had used this young maid as an instrument in the 
chain of events to reveal to Naaman His mighty power 
in all the world. God sometimes wants to use us too 
to show someone else about Him and what He can do 
for them. We have to pray often that God will use us 
and then be willing to do whatever He asks us to do. 
If you know someone who does not know much about 
God or who doesn't really understand who Jesus is. ask 
them to Sunday School with you or share your Sunday 
School papers with them. Pray that God will use you 
to show that person about himself. 

In Ephesians 5:15 Paul makes one other comment 
that I think we should think about. He says "Pay close 
attention to how you live." You have been fortunate 
enough to know about God and understand that Jesus 
was His Son so you are different! You have been given 
a very special message, and you cannot live as if you 
don't know it. You must live so other people will notice 
that you are different and want to know what your 
special message is all about. Be ready and willing to 
tell them if you have an opportunity. 


Isaiah 61:1-2; Luke 4:16-18 

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What does the Bible say about . . . 


"Freedom isn't free" ai-e words 
found in a popular song-, and they 
are trae. With freedom comes 

The heritage of the Brethren 
Church is based on the search 
for reUg-ious freedom, and here and 
now in 1970, a search for religious 
freedom and personal freedom is 
still much in the news, especially 
by the youth of today. 

First, do you have personal 
freedom today? Are you pemiitted to 
make major decisions "on your 
own" ? For example, if you ai'e 
given an allowance which includes 
buying your own necessities along 
with the extras, have you been able 
to make the right decisions so 
that you come out even at the end of 
each month — or do you waste your 
allowance on "frills" and then have 
to ask for more help in g-etting those 
necessities? Do you think you ai'e 
ready to accept personal freedom? 

Luke 15:11-24 


Here we read the familiar stoiy 
of the Prodigal Son — ^who could 
have just as easily been a Prodigal 
Daughter. This was a young man who 
wanted personal freedom but 
certainly had no sense of 
responsibility that should go with 
that freedom. However, notice what 
happened in verse 17; he realized liis 
lost opportunity and changed his way. 

Also consider the fact that the father 
in this parable did not say his son 
could have all his inheritance but he, 
the father, would still direct 
and tell him how to best use it. 
The father gave it to his son 
freely — no strings attached. Was the 
father wrong in giving his son 
what he had asked? Or was it the 
son's mistake that this g-ift of 
freedom was not used properly? 


John 13:21-27 


Jesus was the prime example 
in g-ranting freedom, too, as we see 
here. He didn't try to stop Judas 
from doing what he already had 
decided to do. 

It doesn't take long to find out 
that personal freedom and relig-ious 
freedom are often tied together 
in more ways than one. As we grow 
into mature adults, we find 
having God as the all-controlling 
factor in our lives gives us even 
more freedom than we had before. 
We can discuss any problems we 
might have with Him — even those 
we wouldn't dare to talk over with 
our parents or best friend. God 
won't turn you into a robot. He won't 
dictate or control your decisions. 
You even have the rig-ht to reject 
Him, to reject everything you know 
to be right. Will God then desert you? 
Never. His love continues always. 

uary 28, 1970 

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Jeremiah 31:3 

od's love is not dependent on the 
■ in which we respond. It will 
lys be with us and always 
lable to us. By freeing us, God 
es us in a position where we can 
slop our inner resources to a 
:imum degi-ee. 

Fith freedom comes the probability 
naking mistakes. Experience 
es out of this encounter. As 
teur once said, no experiment is 
ilure — some teach us what to 
and some teach us what not 

Phillppians 4:11-13 

re you afraid to make mistakes? 
fection often can place a 
.nglehold on life. Not that we 

shouldn't strive to do our best, 
but that we should count the cost 
more often and notice the paths 
taken more closely. 

Again I find some closing words 
this month that ai'e very 

There's a wideness in God's mercy 

Like the wideness of the sea ; 
There's a kindness in His justice 

Which is more than liberty. 
There is no place where 
eai'th's soiTows 
Are more felt than up in 
heaven ; 
There is no place where earth's 
Have such kindly judgment 
For the love of God is broader 
Than the measures of man's 
And the heai't of the Eternal 
Is most wonderfully kind. 

And so on goes this wonderful 
old hymn. God's freedom is tnily 
wonderful to think about ! 

Signal Lights Program for March 
Prepared by Mrs. Alberta Holsinger 



;lng Time: 

'raise Him, Praise Him" 
Love Jesus" 
iing Today" 
rom Beginners Sing) 

B Time: 

Honoring' Jesus 

iefore your meeting write 
of paper the parts spolten 


tiie various people. Hand these to 
some of the children as they come. 
On a chalkboard or chart write 
the words the children said.) 

Today I want you to help me tell 
the Bible story. Some of you have 
slips of paper. When I point to you, 
read what it says on your paper. I 
want all of you to read from the 
chalkboard when I point to it. 

The friends of Jesus wanted to 
show Him their love. They wanted 
to honor Him. They remembered the 
kindness of Jesus. They remembered 
His loving ways. 

One man said, "I was blind. Jesus 
came and touched my eyes and now 
I can see." 

A woman said, "I was lonely and 
unhappy. Jesus came and talked to 

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me. He told me how to find happi- 

Even the children remembered the 
loving-kindness of Jesus. They said, 
"He is our friend. He never is too 
busy to play with us." 

Jesus loved these people and had 
helped them in many ways. How 
could they show their love for Him? 
How could they honor Him? 

It was Passover time in Palestine. 
All the people were going to Jeru- 
salem to celebrate this great feast. 
It was a happy, merry time for 

The city of Jerusalem was crowd- 
ed. People were trying to find a 
place to stay. Children were running 
and playing among the great 
crowds. Suddenly the people inside 
the gates of the city heard shouting 
and singing outside the citj'. Down 
the road was a great crowd of people 
with a man riding on a donkey. 

An old man asked, "Who is it?" 

A boy looking far down the road 
answered, "It is Jesus." 

The cliildren shouted, "It is Jesus, 
our friend." 

One man took off his coat and 
threw it in the road in the path of 
Jesus. Other men took off their 
coats and threw them in the path 
of Jesus, too. The children took 
palm branches from the trees. They 
ran towards Jesus waving the 
branches and singing, "Hosanna! 
Hosanna in the highest!" They, too, 
were honoring Jesus. 

Long years ago the friends of 
Jesus showed Him their love. They 
honored Him on the first Palm 
Sunday. They told of His loving- 

Hosanna I Hosanna in the highest! 

Quiet Time: (Have soft music played 
through the Amen. I 

As we listen to the quiet music, 
we can think about Jesus and His 
loving ways. We can remember that 
He helps us today in many ways. 
We cannot run before Him waving 
palm branches. We cannot spread 
our coats in His pathway, but we 
can honor Him in other ways. In 
this quiet time, let us bow our heads 
and think of ways that we can 
honor Jesus today. 

We can remember the things that 
Jesus taught about God and His 
love. (Pause) 

We can love God as Jesus did. 

We can remember the good ways 
of living that Jesus taught. (Pause) 

Wo can try to live in these good 
ways as Jesus did. (Pause) 

We can tell others about Jesus, 
our friend and our Savior. (Pause) 

Dear God, help us to show our love 
for Jesus and to honor Him in these 
ways. In His name we pray. Amen 

Memory Time: 

Luke 19:38 

Today's memory verse is part of 
what the people shouted to honor 
Jesus. (Read the verse. Pass out the 
memory verse papers. Practice read- 
ing and saying the verse together. 
Review previous verses.) 

Handwork Time: 

A Scroll 

When Jesus lived on earth. He 
read from a scroll instead of a book. 
Today we will make a scroll with 
our memory verse. 

(Give each child a piece of paper 
about twelve inches by four and a 
half inches, two six-inch lengths of 
dowling, a pencil and glue.) 

First we will write our memory 
verse on the paper in two columns 
like this. (Demonstrate on the chalk 
board. Or you may wish to have the 
verse already printed on the papers. ) 

Glue each end of the paper to a 
piece of the doweling. Be sure the 
paper is centered on the sticks. Roll 
the scroll on the left stick. As you 
read it roll it onto the other stick. 

Mission Time: 

School in India 

Most of you go to school. What 
days do you go to school? Do you 
know what time your school starts? 
Do you know what time you go 
home from school? What do you 
study in school? What do you do at 
recess? What do you do at lunch 
time? (Take time for the children to 
discuss each question.) 

Boys and girls in India go to 
school, too. They enter first grade 
when they are five years old. They 
learn to read and write and do math 
just as you do. 

But some things are different. The 
children have breakfast at 6:00 be- 
cause school starts at 7:00 in the 
morning. (Much earlier than you go 
to school!) First graders go home 
at 11:00 and do not need to go back 
any more that day. 

Beginning in second grade the 
children return to school at 2:00 in 

the afternoon and have classes 

The Indian children go to sc 
the same days you do and alsi 
Saturday morning. 

They do not use writing papt 
notebooks in the first three gr; 
Each child has a smedl slatf 
which he does his math and c 
written work. 

There are stores close to 
.school. Some people push carts 
hoinemade candies, pastries, or 
roasted peanuts near to the sc 
The children go to buy thing 
these stores or carts during rec 

Some children go home durinj 
long noon period. Some buy 
lunch at a nearby restaurant. S 
bring their lunch from home an( 
it at school. Other children sta 
school but do not eat lunch. ' 
have no food at home and no m 
lo buy a lunch. 

After school the children play 
do their homework. They have 
evening meal about 7:00 and 6 
bed at 9:00. 

What would you like about g 
to school in India? 

What would you not like aboii 

How can we help some of 
children of India? (Discuss our 

Prayer Time: 

Let us thank God for our scl 
and teachers. Let us also thank 
that the children of India 

Let us thank Him for Rev. 
Mrs. K. Prasantha Kumar. Le 
ask Him to show them ways to 
the children of India learn of J 

Business Time: 

1. Signal Lights' Motto. 

2. Roll Call. 

3. Offering. 

4. Plan a party for next m 
Invite friends who do not , 

5. Write a letter to: Rev. and: 
Richard Winfield, c/o Chun 
the Brethren Mission, Box: 
Jos, Benue-Plateau State? 
geria. West Africa. Thank , 
for serving as our missiori 
in Nigeria. Tell them t 
your Signal Lights groupf 
what you are doing. 

Signal Lights Benediction: 

Dear Savior, help us to be s? 
lights shining for Thee in the 
places of the world. 

uary 28, 1970 

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Leader's Resource Book 
Volume I — High School 
Scripture Press 

by Fred Finks 

[ow does one shake teens out of the rut they're 
By unwilhngness and wiUingness — unwiUing to 
e for the routine; willingness to brainstorm 

ost youth leaders ask "Where can I find a program 
will work?" The answer is not easy. First of all 
must determine his purpose in his youth work. 

1 success is based on whether you fulfill your 


le Leader's Resource Book has many helpful hints 
adults involved in youth work. However, to be a 
ess you must be creative. Included in this book are 
;estions for service activities: working as a group 
young people can set up successful programs for 
-ins, home Bible Study groups, youth choir and 
r beneficial services. 

The testimonies of young people and their work in 
Foreign and Home missions (such as on Indian Reser- 
vations and inner-city work ) are examples of how young 
people are reaching out to help others. 

Of particulai- interest to youth leaders will be the 
selection on the sponsor's responsibilities. There are 
helpful hints to make a program go! 

Advisors of district youth organizations will find 
helpful information in the outlined schedules and pro- 
cedures for setting up and operating retreats and 

"Being chosen a youth leader is a high calling." One 
must dedicate liis time, energies and prayer to the 
successfulness of this program. Remember that no one 
can pick up a book and have an instant success pro- 
gram. However, through the knowledge of others, one 
can gain a greater perspective of youth work. 


NJCE the '70s have now arrived, liere is what the 
Gretna BYC has been doing since National Confer- 
last August. These officers were elected: 

President Paul Deardurff 

Vice President Marcia McPherson 

Secretary Barb Tanger 

Corr. Secretary Martha Deardurff 

Treasurer David Tanger 

October, the Senior group had a study of the BYC 
mant at their mid-week prayer meeting led by Rev. 
lid Waters. Tliey each realized that it is a promise 
■h should be taken more seriously. 
so in October, the whole group had a masquerade 
V in McPhersons' barn. Tliere were many ingenious 
imes from monsters, to old ladies, men, clowns and 
3 dressed to represent different groups of people. 
l-'s were awarded for the best costumes and then 
group of about 40 were led through a winding 
iel in the bales of hay. Some games were played 

like pumpkin, broom relay, and "Halloween." At the 
house. President Paul Deardurff started the devotions 
with singing and reading Ezekiel 36:1-14 about the 
"Valley of Dry Bones." After prayer, everyone enjoyed 

Friends in the church donated apples and after they 
were made into cider, there were 174 gallons to be sold. 
Some of the apples were so good that people bought 
them before tlie cider was made. 

In December, many Christmas cards were delivered in 
the neighborhood by BYC members and the $11.65 
"postage" was added to the National Project fund. 

On New Year's Eve, there was a special prayer meet- 
ing with the whole program pertaining to New Year's 
Resolutions. Eacli person chose a "Spiritual Resolution" 
that he hoped to see fulfUled in the new year. 

— Martha Deardurff, 

Corresponding Secretary 

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JUNE 9-12, 1970 

ZANESVILLE %p^ ^^^ Pickup Point 

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Return to: Rev. Don Rinehart, 17 Highland Ave., Ashland, Ohio 44805, 
by May 1st. 



Home Church 

Please include check for $5.00 payable to: Ohio Board of Christian 

bruary 38, 1970 

Page Thirty-one 

BECAUSE this is such a fabulous experience, 
the Ohio District is opening up our Canoe 
Camp to tlie j'oung men of our denomination, who 
will have completed their junior or senior year 
of high school by June. 1970. If you like to rough 
it, you will love this e.xciting four-day camp. 

We wiU meet at Camp Bethany, Monday eve- 
ning, June 8th, for an evening of orientation, 
swim tests, etc., and then leave early Tuesday 
morning. We will be back at camp early Friday 

The cost is $25.00 which includes canoe rental, 
food, insurance, campsite and portage fees, storm 

covering for the nights, cooking utensils, mess 
kits and large plastic bags to put everything in, 
just in ca^e you dump. (If your church school 
pays part of the summer camp fees, they should 
consider helping with the canoe camp.) 

Because of the many details to be worked out, 
registration must be completed by May 1st. 
Camper Limit Is 20. Registration will be handled 
on a first-come first-serve basis. A $5.00 deposit 
is required along with your registration form. 

We promise you four exciting days on the river, 
and some meaningful experiences around the 
campfire, if j'ou are tough enough to try it. 

"The Original 
River Rats" 

ctuied (above) aie left to right: Dale Stoffei, Ke\ . .Jim 
;haub, Rich Drushal, Rev. Don Rinehart, Rev. Jim Fields, 
lul Carey, and Don Dravenstott, who two years ago made 
e 100 mile trip, from Loudonville to Zanesville. 


The Jr. BYC of the Huntington Brethren Cluircli held 
eir first meeting October 5th and elected the follow- 
; officers: 

President Barbara Bishcof 

Vice President Cindy James 

Secretary Jane Lusch 

Ass't. Secretary Michelle Bruce 

Treasurer Joni James 

Ass't. Treasurer Bobby Lusch 

d sponsors are Mr. and Mrs. Harry James. 
One of our projects for the year was to make a movie 
Noah's Ark. Jr. BYC members were to malce up the 
5t, to do all the costumes and scenery. We are still 
>rking on this project. 

Fwo members were promoted to the Senior BYC 
3up in October. Four new members have joined our 
)up making a total of 13 members. 
tVe had a Halloween party held in a garage at one 
our member's home. Prizes were given to the most 

original costume, ugliest, most pretty. Games were 
played and refreshments served. 

We attended the Youth Rally in November with all 
our members present; along with the Sr. BYC group. 
We placed second for the banner. 

In November the Sunday School Department of our 
Church decided to give a box of canned fruit and 
vegetables to the Flora Home. Our Jr. BYC purchased 
$2.50 worth of canned fruit towards this project. 

In December we sent Christmas cards to shut-ins and 
boys in service. The girls baked cookies and the group 
went caroling to the homes of six elder members and 
presented each with a package of cookies. We returned 
to the church and had a gift exchange and refreshments. 

The group voted to pledge $50.00 toward the National 
BYC project this year. So far we have had one money- 
making project. We sold calendar towels during the 
months of November and December. 

— Jane Lusch, secretary 

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In This Issue: 

Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial: "Missions" 3 

"The Mockery of Jealous Men" 

by Rev. John T. Young 4 

The Board of Christian Education 8 

"Let Go and Let God — Good News for 
Modem Man" by Stephen D. Swihart 13 

"Fresh Dew on the Mountain Top — Chain 

Revival Sweeps Christian College" 17 

The Missionary Board 18 

The Brethren Layman 22 

"Drugs . . . Despair . . . Death . . . 
Parents Spread the Word" 23 

Sisterhood 24 

Church Reports 24 

"Where To In The 70's?" 
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World Religious News in Review 30 



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orders have not been received as yet. 


ASA sequel toi the Editorial entitled 
■'»■ Fashion" which apjDeared in the 
issue of the magazine, your Editor would 
to report that seventeen members " 
brought into membership of the First Bi 
ren Church on Park Street in Ashland, ( 

Again, it is because of the reasons st 
in the Editorial that these persons bee- 
members of the church. An interesting t 
to note, als'o, is that four of the young k 
who united with the church were wive 
Brethren young men. Four young men 
were not lost to other denominations, bu' 
stead encouraged their wives to unite ' 
the Brethren. This speaks well for the ti 
ing which these men had in the Bretl 
Church. Again, no baptismal problems! 

ch 14, 1970 

Page Three 




HE EASTER OFFERING means missions. By 
action of General Conference in the early 
'O's, it was decided that the month in which 
jter fell (Mai'ch or April) would be considered 
the month that special emphasis would be 
2ed on Foreign Missions and an offering would 
lifted throughout the denomination during the 
nth. This has continued until the present day. 
jrefore, this yeai', the month of March is set 
3e for Mission. 

rhe exciting thing in the ai'ea of missions is 
i new work in India which was begun in Decem- 
' of last yeai'. No doubt you have read about it 
the last issue of The Brethren Evangelist. We 
d to give this our greatest support. When 
ssionaries ai'e not allowed into India, the Lord 
5 blessed by allowing us to begin a mission under 
I leadership of Kumar. How fortunate we ai'e ! 
rhe work in Argentina is progressing veiy well. 
! have greater opportunities today in South 
lerica than ever before. We have a dedicated 
>up of missionaries working there, people who 
! interested in the salvation of souls. We need 

to continue our support in pi'ayers and finances 
to this field. 

We need to especially remember the needs in 
Nigeria. The Bolingers ai"e now on furlough and 
are plainiing to return to the field on approximate- 
ly June 1. We need to remember these people in 
our prayers, that they will be allowed to )-e-enter 
Nigeria. The Winfields ai'e doing an excellent 
piece of work for us in this area. Let's remember 
them in our prayers. 

As we view our missions in the beginning of 
this new decade, we have much for which to be 
thankful. The work in every way had progressed 
during the past ten years. If it is to advance dur- 
ing this decade, we must get behind it and give 
it our support — especially financially! 

It takes money to establish new fields ; it takes 
money to keep the missionai'ies on the field; it 
takes money to administer the work; it takes 
money to train new missionai"ies ; it takes money 
to meet the rising costs of mission work. Let's 
do our best this Easter! 

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The Brethren Evangi 

"When Pilate heai'd this, he aslced 
if the man was a Gahlean, and on 
leai'ning that he belonged to 
Herod's jurisdiction he remitted 
the case to him, for Herod was also 
in Jerusalem at that time. When 
Herod saw Jesus lie was greatly 
pleased; having heajfd about him, 
he had long been wanting to see 
him, and had been hopmg to see 
some miracle performed by him. He 
questioned him at some length 
without getting any reply; but the 
chief priests and lawyers appeared 
and pressed the case against him 
vigorously. Then Herod and his troops 
treated him with contempt and 
ridicule, and sent him back to 
Pilate dressed in a gorgeous robe. 
That same day Herod and Pilate 
became friends: till then there had 
been a standing feud between them" 
(Luke 23:6-12 NEB). 

The judgment scene where King- 
Herod Antipas comes face to face 
with Jesus Christ for the first and 
last time on this earth is one of the 
di-amatic situations in the New 
Testament. Scriptures do little more 
than hint at the sinful intrigue 
that was part and pai-cel of Herod's 
public and private life. He was a 
home wrecker. He had destroyed the 
marriage of his own brother Philip. 
During a visit to Rome, Herod 
became party to the notorious laison 
between himself and his brother's 
wife Herodias which saw her 
becoming queen of Herod Antipas 
in Palestine. For this immorality, 
that fearless preacher of divine 
judgment, John the Baptist had 
openly rebuked the royal couple. 

We can't help but admire that 
preacher who, for the sake of God 
and the common decencies of life, 
fearlessly called a king to account. 
Herod promptly cast John into prison, 
and there he lay — the walls of 







A Good Friday Message on Luke 23:6-12 

:h 14, 1970 

Page Five 

jrison in Macheiiis washed by 
ivaves of the Dead Sea. All the 
e the Jewish monai-ch continued 
ivel in his sin, at least for a 
on. The words of the Baptist kept 
ing back to convict the royal 
lie. There is a tremendous force 
•uth. It cannot be denied. 

:ie rest is history ! Just as the 
•'s father, Herod the Great, 
:red the murder of the innocent 
ss of Bethlehem at the time of 
ist's birth so as brazenly did 
>d Antipas order the execution 
le preac^her of righteousness 
had condemned him for living in 
tery with his brother Philip's 
!. John the Baptist had the 
■age to call sin in high places 
ts rightful name, and it cost him 

his, then, is the man to whom 
tins Pilate gave over our 
d. Of the four Gospel writers, 
' Luke records this travesty 
ustice. Here was the Jewish 
ei- that Jesus called "the fox," 
of the most contemptuous names 
ist ever used for any man. 

'he Gospel tells us that Herod 
ame very curious about the man 
us and His ministiy, indeed, not 
r curious but probably fearful as 
1. Luke writes: "Now Prince 
•od heard of all thait was 
tpening, (the healing, the miracles) 
. (he) did not know what to 
ke of it ; for some were saying 
t John had been raised from the 
d, others that Elijah had 
•eared, others again that one of 
old prophets came back to life. 
rod said, 'As for John, I beheaded 
1 myself; but, who is this I 
\x such talk about?' And he was 
aous to see him" (Luke 9:7-9 


rhen later as the magnetism of the 
)ss drew our Lord nearer to 
usalem He was warned by a group 
Pharisees, "You should leave this 
ce and go your own way ; Herod 
>ut to kill you." 

Jesus replied, "Go and tell that 
fox, 'Listen : today and tomorrow 
I shall be casting out devils and 
working cures, on the third day 
I reach my goal. However, I must 
be on my way today and tomorrow 
and the next day, l^ecause it is 
unthinkable for a prophet to meet 
death anywhere but in Jerasalem.' " 
Then Christ adds, "0 Jeiiisalem, 
Jerusalem, the city that murders 
the prophets and stones the 
messengers sent to her! How often 
I have longed to gather your children, 
as a hen gathers her brood under her 
wings, but you would not let me" 
(Luke 13:31-34 NEB). 

Some scholai-s claim that the 
Savior had no views and very little 
awareness of the political issues 
and intrigues of his day. I most 
heartily disagree. Jesus knew what 
was going on, and His scathing 
discription of Herod as "that fox" 
underlines this awai-eness! 

There is another truth that comes 
out of Lukan account of Herod's 
curiosity and apprehension. 
The Scriptures bear abundant 
witness that even the poorest Ijeggar 
who asked of misery and necessity 
was never denied by Christ Jesus. 
But this proud prince, this Jewish 
ruler who asked only that his own 
personal whims might be satisfied 
is refused and more than that, 
when they are face to face, Christ is 
silent. The Judean monarch will 
witness no miraces of any kind. He 
will receive no answers to the many 
questions he directs to Jesus. 
Only silence! The questioning 
becomes louder— -the silence more 
jorofound. Herod becomes angry 
and he shows this anger by subjecting 
the Son of God to ridicule and 
mockery. By this time one side of 
Herod's nature had died. He could 
rub old wounds and feel little pain. 
That still, small voice of conscience 
had been hushed too often ; he was 
past feeling. Part of his being was 
already dead. 

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The Brethren Evang' 

One day, in the life of Father 
Damien (that saintly missionaiy to 
the lepers — ^the living dead of the 
South Sea islands) a pot of boiling- 
water was accidentally spilled on his 
feet. The good father felt no pain. 
How tragic because, you see by 
that token, the missionai'y realized 
that he too was now a leper — that the 
dread disease had already gone 
so fai- that in the extremities of his 
feet he had already died. 

Jehovah God had promised in the 
Old Testament Scriptures that "His 
Spirit would not always strive with 
man" and it is evident that such was 
true. Herod stood before this 
Nazarene teacher without shame, 
without guilt, but Jesus refused to 
grace his questions with even one 
answer. Jesus who willingly reasoned 
with Caiphas ; Jesus who will plead 
with Pilate and almost turn him from 
his sin ; Jesus who will grieve over 
Judas ; Jesus who comforts Mary and 
Martha; Jesus who enlightens 
Nicodemus — that same Jesus stands 
silent before Herod. Why? Herod's 
day of grace had ended. It had lasted 
long. Now it was over. The Jewish 
ruler had many opportunities to 
repent. At one time we're told that 
he was "almost persuaded," but all 
this is past. This man had smothered 
and silenced the convicting voice of 
God so many times that now he is 
to be left alone, eternally alone. 

The silence of Jesus towai'ds Herod 
is a dramatic warning we cannot 
neglect. We must not trifle, suppress, 
or distort the urgings of the Holy 
Spirit. If we persist in so doing the 
day will an-ive when He will be 
silent towards us as well. If Herod 
had been a better student of 
Scripture perhaps he might have 
recognized in this silence the 
fulfillment of Isaiah's prophecy, 
"As a sheep before her shearers is 
dumb, so he (the Messiah) openeth 
not his mouth" (Isa. 53:7). The 
day of speech was past. The day 
of action had arrived. Calvary 
beckoned the Man of Destiny — the 

Son of God. He is sent back to Pilate. 
Although previous enemies, their 
treatment of Jesus Christ brought 
the Tetrai-ch of Galilee and the 
Procurator of Judea together in 
uneasy friendship 

Theophylact, a 12th centuiy writer, 
has said, "It is a matter of shame 
to Christians that, while Satan 
can persuade wicked men to lay aside 
their enmities in order to do hann. 
Christians very often cannot keep 
up their friendships in order 
to do good." This obsei-vation of the 
12th century could as well have 
been written in commentaiy of the 
20th century. Sometimes the only 
thing Christians can agree on is to 
disagree. This ought not be. There 
is so much to do and so few to 
do it. There is a world that needs 
to be confronted with the claims 
of Christ. 

Two young Russian Jews had 
recently arrived in New York City. 
They were among a group of young 
people invited to attend an 
evangelistic service. One of the young 
men, Abraham Silberstein, accepted 
the offer, the other refused. That 
evening through the Word of God the 
Holy Spirit convicted Silberstein of 
his need of a Savior. He accepted 
Jesus Christ into his life and later 
was used mightily of God as a 
missionary to Jewish Americans. 

The other young Jew was Leon 
Trotsky. He refused to even go 
near the church, but he too dedicated 
his life, not to God's Son Christ but 
to godless Communism. In 1940 — just 
before the outbreak of World War II 
— Trotsky was murdered in Mexico. 
The lesson is clear. One decision 
can and does often detemiine the 
whole future of an individual. 

Herod had a decision to make 
and he made it. In mockeiy and 
jealous rage he hands Jesus back to 
Pilate and so-called Roman justice. 

A chaplain sei-ving in Europe 
during World War II was asked to 
bring a message to a company 
of soldiers returning from front lines 

Ii 14, 1970 

Page Seven 

lat. They were tired and weaiy, 
iy and cold ; soaked by a steady 
as they stood under the open 
to hear his seniion. The 
lain spoke, "My text is 'What 
i: ye of Christ' " He paused, 
he continued, "My sermon is 
it will you do with Christ?' " 
. that he dismissed the troops. 
;ertain that in that company 
ittle-weary soldiers there were 
; who at a later date would 
k of the incident and say 
Bt wasn't much of a seraion." 
but I like to beheve there 
more who, that day because 
:alt unorthodox presentation, 
i up to that gi-eat question 
h determines all our destinies. 
lat verse of Scrii3ture from 
l's Gospel, chapter 3, verse 16 — 
verse that I have cai'ried in my 
t since committing to memory 
youngster in Sunday School — 
es it so very plain. There can be 
listake. "God so loved the 
d, that He gave His only begotten 
that whosoever believeth in 
should not perish, but have 
lasting life." 

ist as Herod and Pilate were 
sd with a decision concerning 
st and His claims so are we. 
I must be kept before us today, 
i Friday in the yeai" of our Lord 
). Ah yes, "that God so loved." 
what of us. What have we done. 

how have we responded to God's 
great redeeming love? 

"I took my pen one sunny day 
When quietude was prone 
And sought the glade where 

whispers play 
That I might be alone. 

" 'Now write,' a voice so 

softly spoke 
With words divinely penned. 
'Tell men the story of the world 
From Adam till its end. 

'Describe all nature, heaven 

and earth 
The sun, the stai's, the sky. 
Describe the cradle, cross, and 

I'll help you if you tiy.' 

"Ten thousand yeai's I thought 

and thought 
As forests fell and rose. 
The heavens changed ; the Artie 

And all the deserts froze. 

"Then suddenly, one quiet day 
When skies were blue above, 
I took my pen and wrote my book 
In one sweet word called love!" 
— C. L. Fleming 

It was love that enabled Jesus 
Christ to face in silence the mockery 
of jealous men! 


in Mateo, California (EP) — Eric 
on, conviced by a jury of second- 
■ee murder, stunned the court 
hreatening to kill himself. 

cannot accept the verdict of 
ty to any degree," said the 19- 
•-old choir boy. "I cannot live 
1 myself under those conditions, 
going to my Maker because I 
that's where he wants me to 

he young man who had wanted 

to be a minister was accused of 
shooting to death Warren O'Brien 
last July where he had gone to visit. 
He claims he did it in self defense. 

When the jury's verdict was read 
Eleson declared, "God has said to 
me that my mission on earth has 
ended. I am no longer alive and 

While his mother cried through 
her tears for him to stop, the young 
man rambled on relentlessly about 
his decision to die. But Judge W. 
Howard Hartley inteiTupted him 

with stern admonition: "I think your 
remarks were entirely inappropri- 
ate," the judge told the convicted 
man. "If you are a Christian person, 
as you say you are, you should 
remember the Sixth Commandment. 
God does not sanction taking your 
own life. That would be most un- 
godlike. If you meant what you said, 
you should ask your God to forgive 
you. You have a lot to live for. You 
have people who love you. Is this 
true love, to do this to them?" 

Eleson was released on $12,500 bail 
pending trial. 

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The Brethren Evan^ 





TCHTHUS WEEK wUl be held during May—Youth 
^ Month— in all Brethren Churches. Dates for Ichthus 
Week are May 11-17. 
What does lohthus mean? 

In New Testament days when it was dangerous to 
be a Christian, the followers of Jesus used secret signs 
and symbols to keep from exposing themselves un- 
necessarily to the enemies of Christianity. A man some- 
times drew the picture of a fish in the sand when talk- 
ing with another. If the figure was recognized, the 
two would identify each other in the Christian faith. 

The Greek word for fish (pronounced ichthnsi is 
formed by using the first letter of each of the words in 
Greek (pronounced, but not spelled, Yasous Christos 
Theou Hyos Soter), which stands for "Jesus Christ, 
Son of God, Savior." Since the symbol was difficult to 
understand, it was a protection from non-Christians. 

What Happens Dnring Ichtluis Week? 

We suggest that you study the origin of Ichthus with 
special emphasis on (li its meaning, (2) its purpose, 
and (3) how it was used. Also explore ways of effective- 
ly using it today. You will want to refer to Deuteron- 
omy 6:4-9 which gives the basis for using the symbol 
on your house. 

A distinctive signal. The Fish Door Sign, is available 
from the CoUingwood Co. This sign marks the entrance 
of the house to remind the family, on a daily basis, to 
devote all new undertakings to Christ, the gateway to 
the Father. These signs are purchased at 50iJ each and 
maj' be sold for §1-00 to church members and friends. 
This could be a significant way to raise funds and also 
lend meaning to our Christian witness in the commun- 
ity. The catalog number of this item is: No. 2050 and 
can be ordered in any quantity for 50(t each or you may 
order the catalog first from: CoUingwood Company, 44 
Warren Street, Providence, R.I. 02901. 

Silver pins with red outline of the fish symbol 
(Ichthus) are also available from Warner Press. Con- 
tact The Brethren Bookstore, 524 College Avenue, 
Ashland, Ohio 44805 for ordering these. 
Ideas for Youth Month Activities 

Following are some ideas and resources for making- 
Youth Month — May — a meaningful one in your church. 
Select any or all of the suggestions you feel are adapt- 
able to your youth group, church and community and 

be "E-xploring New Dimensions in Youtli Mini: 

which is the theme for Youth Month 1970. 

Life Worlt Recruit Niglit 

Sponsor a night for LWR's in the local church o 
several churches in close pro.ximity. Have a meal; 
of LWR sharing of joys, burdens and cono 
person/s to challenge their tliinking on Vcirious cal 
that might be answered in Christian service; films 
available from Christian Education library. Sugg' 
filmstrips are: J-16 Me In A Pulpit?, J-30 Youth 
tlie Meaning: of Vocation, J-31 Youth and tlie Wor 
Woric, J-32 Youtli and Church Vocations, J-33 Y 
and tlie Family in Vocational Decision, N-25 The \ 
of the JHinister, Q 13 The Pastor, Q-14 The Ministi 
Education. Consult your filmstrip catalog for det 
descriptions of each filmstrip.* 

Playlet Presentation 

Have youth present a playlet. Suggestions are 
Fixum's Youth Clinic available from the Boar 
Christian Education office at 10<: per copy; Youth 
grams (Drama Section), Volumes 12, 14, 15, 16 aval 
from the Office of Youth Ministries, 875 N. Deal 
Street, Chicago, Illinois 60610 at $1.50 per single 
or $1.25 for three or more. The latter has sh 
dramas on varying themes for the youth ministry, 
cussion-starter plays available from: Contempc 
Drama Service, Arthur Meriwether Inc., Box 68, E 
ers Grove, lUinois 60515, at $8.75 to $10.50 plus 
postage and handling. Play titles and descriptit 
"I Can Do It Alone" which is a modern-day moi 
play. "Swinger" seeks his own salvation in a wor 
temptations. Symbolic stagecraft with two tables, c 
and a step ladder; 4 players needed. "The Gap" pre 
an angry, young man addressing his church whi 
deavors to speak for his generation. An excf 
vehicle for stimulating dialogue between general 
Easy to stage. Cast: 8 players. "It's Happening .: 
Baby" presents a young college couple who vi\ 
campus Religious Cult. Drama hinges on whether 
should take an "LSD" trip to find themselves, 
pelling. Cast: 4 players. "The Unmixables" shows ■- 
irreconcilable views of contemporary society e.xprn 
through a confrontation of a narrator, a faithful Pi, 
a modern citizen-woman and a practical man. 
Thought provoking. Cast: 4 players. 

ch 14, 1970 

Page Nine 

"Hie Box Collector" is a dramatic portrait of a fam- 
.inking into tlie quictisands of the "affluent society." 
chase after status robs each family member of the 
piness they seek. Staged with boxes for all material 
gs. Cast: 6 players. 

:ee House 

3uld be conducted each night for a week or various 
its during the month. The Coffee House should 
jde dialogue between youth and youth-leaders, 
;ic (live or recorder), refreshments, films and film- 
)s. This should be open to teens of church, their 
ids and other teens of the community . . . make this 
)rm of evangelism. Two excellent resource items 


Contemporary Drama Service (see address above) 
$15.00 plus 80<: postage and handling. 

: helpful handbook covers everything; first steps, 
ncing, equipment, psychology, programming and 
histories of several successful Christian Coffee 
ses. In addition, the kit includes ain album of folk- 
; "soul music," source lists for albums and music, 
jts for a stand-up playlet, a collection of "Nitty- 
ty" discussion stai-ters, College, Poster and Film 
rmation, ideas for programming and assorted other 


The Halfway House 

Box 2 

Newtown, Pa. 18940 

$2.50 each for 1-9 copies (less for more) 

lis is a book to help train for and conduct a Chris- 
Coffee House. Suggested names for a Coffee House 
ht be: "The Lost Coin," "The Potter's House," "The 
d," "The Net," "The Fish," "The King's Vineyard," 
use of Rock," "The Treasure Chest," "The Strait 

by Night 

ian a night for older members of the church to be 
I youth — there is often greater rapport between 
e two age groups than middle age and youth. The 
ictive of this meeting is to have old teach young 
r skills resulting in dialogue, learning and fellow- 
I. Such skills might be knitting, woodwork, carving, 
ting, rug making, etc. Cap off the evening with re- 
hments and a time of sharing what Christ has meant 
ach oldster present and what He means to the youth 

Dject P-Y" 

urpose: to acquaint parents and youth of all in the 
th group, to foster understanding of youth-parent 
alems, share good family experiences. Methods of 

doing this: "Gripes and Answers" session when each 
voice then- gripes and then attempt to find some an- 
swers; explain youth program and needs and seek 
prayer, financial and personal involvement commit- 
ments from parents. Filmstrips available from the 
Christian Education office on parent-youth relation- 
ships are: K-8 Good Intentions (Too Much Help-]>Iother), 
K-10 Iron Hand (St*rn Father), K-12 Hxtra Special 
(Brother-Sister Relatiouship ) , K-7 Declaration of Inde- 
pendence (Adolescent Revolt), N-20 You and tlie Other 
Generation, K-40 Getting Along With Your Family, 1-2 
Families Come in Handy, I-l You aud the Car, H-45 
"I'm Not A Child Any Louger," H-44 Allowances, H-43 
Sharing Responsibilities at Home, H-42 Getting Along 
with Brothers and Sisters, H-41 Learning to Live With 
Parents, H-33 Family Worship, H-34 Family Recreation, 
H35 Faniily-Give-and-Take, H 36 Family Togetherness, 
H-39 Parents of Yoiuig Teens, H 40 Parents of Older 
Teens, H-38 Parents of School-Agers.* 

CCC Night (Conuiiitnient-Coniniission-Covenant Night) 
Purpose: challenge youth (toward end of month) to 
a public commitment of life to Christ and for Christian 
service (call for LWR decisions). Show need for pastors 
(empty pulpits), DCE's, denominational e.xecutives, 
college and seminary professors, people to help estab- 
lish new churches (while working on another job for 
salary), etc., new areas of ministry, and the mission 

Prayer and Bible Jlarathon 

Read the Bible aloud (or New Testament only) until 
completed and have prayer at same time by others 
(sUent if in same room or audible if in another room) 
— people can come to meditate (worship center and 
soft music). Purpose: to emphasize the importance of 
the Word. 

Youth Blarch for Christ 

Encourage other Christian youth to join you from 
the community and end with a Rally. Use banners, signs, 
march on a designated route (remember that in many 
areas you will have to receive permission to do so from 
the city), sing, be prepared to witness with or hand out 
the Four Spiritual Laws (from Campus Crusade,), God 
is Love or Before the World ( from American Bible 
Society) or some similar piece of literature). Rally 
should not be at church but rather a stadium, gym, 
YM or WCA, etc. 
* All filmstrips can be ordered from: 


524 College Avenue 

Ashland, Ohio 44805 

Rental fee is $1.00 per fUmstrip, order at least two 

weeks in advance, give showing date, at least two 

choices, your name and address. 


Isaiah 61:1-2; Luke 4:16-18 

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■T^HE CRESTWOOD CHURCH is using literature dis- 
1. tribution as one means of evangelistic outreach. 
900 pieces of literature were distributed in three com- 
munities of the Crestwood area on Saturday, January 
4. Fifteen people from Elkhart and six from Fort Wayne 
assisted with the distribution. Saturday, February 7, 
was a second date for leaflet evangelism. One thousand 
invitations and tracts were placed in four communities, 
including a trailer park. Persons who helped from Elk- 
hart were: Bobbie Lowmaster, Sue Houghton, Arlene 
Doering, John and Louise Roush, Richard and Linda 
Doering, Marsha and Kathy Houghton, Linda Mc- 
Cloughan, Karen and Sharon Michael, Becki and April 
Lowmaster. Those helping from Fort Wayne were: 
Steve Troup: Richard, Shirley and Jean Troup; Andrew 
and Cora Etcher. 

Two minutes till Worship time! This is a typical 
congreoation at 2::]0 p.m. Sunday afternoons. 
Seated left to right are: front row — Jean Troup, 
Steve Troup; second row — Mr. and Mrs. Andrew 
Eicher, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Troup, Doug Troup ; 
third row — Mr. and Mrs. John Marcotte, Carson 
and Daniel Gould; fourth row — Mrs. Charles Mc- 
Daniel (Peru), Linda Hunt, Mr. Charles Mc- 
Daniel (Peru) and Miss Lorina Zent (Roanoke — 

You can sleep in on Sunday mornings at Cri: 
wood because Sunday School does not begin 
1 :;}0 p.m. Here is a picture of the Junior Class 
Crestwood. Jean Troup pins the lesson theme 
the bulletin board while the Junior teacher. Car', 
Gould, looks on. 

Charles Lowmaster, pastor of the Elkhar 
Crestwood Churches leads in the reading of 
ture during the Worship sei-vice. 

t ; 


rch 14, 1970 

Unique Ministries at 


/e have several unique areas of ministry in our 
hart Church — music and Home Department, 
'he organist of the Eli^hart Church, Mrs. Maynard 
■ace) Jenlis, approached her pastor one day and said, 
is difficult to find pianists in our church. We can't 
much about it right now but I'd like to help provide 
our future need. If the Church Trustees will give 
permission to use the church pianos, I will give 
;ons to any cliildren who wish to learn to play free 
;harge." (Mrs. Jenks is a piano and organ instructor.) 
'his is the result of such dedicated concern. Each 
urday morning Mrs. Jenks gives her time from 9:00 
.. — 11:00 a.m. teaching 6-8 children. In the picture 
ve you see Mrs. Jenks with her beginners class plus 
ouple of more advanced students. Left to right are: 
nmie Plank, Jennie Taska, Danny Weaver, Lisa 
;ring, Linda McCloughan, Becki Lowmaster and 
i. Jenks. 

Ilkhart Brethren Church also has a unique Home 
jartment ministry. Appro.ximately 22 homebound 
mbers are visited monthly by a staff of si.x home 

Page Eleven 

department visitors under the supervision of Mrs. 
Richard Houghton. The Scripture Press "Fellowship" 
Sunday School quarterly, "The Christian Reader," 
"Daily Bread" and other materials are taken in a 
friendly visit. It is hoped that this ministry can be ex- 
pended to the College youth in the future. 

A part of this ministry is the sharing of the morning 
worship service with the homebound. Using two Wollen- 
sak 1500 A.V. tape recorders we reacli into the homes 
of from two to eight families each week. Mr. and Mrs. 
Harry Lichtenberger are pictured leaving the Sunday 
service with recorder in hand, ready for tlie first of 
their many calls during the week in this time consum- 
ing ministry. 


Pennsylvania, That Is 

Our Senior BYC has an average of 18 members. We 
meet weekly for an hour before the evening church 
This year's officers Eire: 

President Donna Aurandt 

Vice President Jamies Bobenage 

Secretary Bernice Parks 

Ass't. Secretary Paul Aurandt 

Treasurer Bryan Lynch 

Ass't. Treasurer Danny Cobaugh 

Chorister Dan Lecky 

Ass't. Chorister Gloria Cobaugh 

At our meetings we have done such things as play 
Bible Baseball, have a Bible Study or sometimes have 
a panel. 

— Bernice Parks 

Jr. High Program 


L. to R.: Ben Solomon, Fred Smith, Jody Ford, 
Nancy Ronk, Cathy Harding, Tonya 

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At our first meeting of ttie year we elected officers: 
they are as follows — 

President Peggy Pyrch 

Vice President Jim Calhoon 

Secretary Cathy Harding 

Treasurer Caryl Miller 

We have an average of eight youth present at each 

We have had many interesting meetings with such 
topics as "The Ghettos," "Effects of Smoking," "Popu- 
larity," and we discussed some of the beliefs of other 
religions such as the Mormons and the Jehovah Wit- 
nesses. Lieutenant Lance from tlie Ashland Police De- 

partment came to a meeting and talked to us ab 

Our youth group has had several parties, too. 
November we went bowling and afterwards we w 
to Mr. and Mrs. Jon Miller's home, our advisors, 
refreshments. In December we went again to our 
visors' home for a Christmas party. We sang m: 
carols and played several games. In January we w 
to see the movie "The Restless Ones." 

We have decided on a new money-making project t 

will start in March. We are sure that it will bring gi 

results. More about it in our next report. j 

— Cathy Harding, secretary 


The Bible stories which are associated with the 
seasonal observances of Easter and Cliristmas ai'e in- 
cluded in Gospel Light's Sunday School curriculum 
but not in the same way traditional of many otlier 

Since the Bible truths related to these two important 
seasons ai'e so significant to the Christian world, it is 
not uncommon for Sunday Schools to plan special ob- 
servances for the worship period — or opening assembly 
— for the Christmas and Easter Sundays, particularly 
in the preschool and elementary departments. Accord- 
ingly, Gospel Light has provided materials for use dur- 
ing the worship time — or the opening assembly. In the 
preschool departments materials are included in the 
Teacher/Leader Guidebooks. In the Primary depart- 
ment special worship services are in Primaries Worship 
(a special series of worship services for Primary 
Department Superintendents). In the Junior and Junior 
High departments the special services are found in the 
devotional outlines for Sunday morning worship in 
Discovery tfor Juniors) and Transition (for Junior 
Highs.) Worship outUnes for youth are in Teach maga- 
zine, and, upon publication of Encounter — at a future 
date — will be found in that publication. 

The teachers' and students' manuals of Gospel Light's 
Living Word curriculum include the stories and Bible 
truths associated with Easter and Christmas but not 
necessarily according to seasons. 

Gospel Light's Sunday School curriculum is a planned 
curriculum — built year upon year in a systematic plan 
to take the pupil through the Bible, in a general way, 
four times from the time he is in the preschool depart- 
ments until he graduates from the High School depart- 
ment (ages 2-18). The lessons are selected with this in 

mind, together with the pupil's interests, abilities 
compreliension of each particular period of growth. 

Lessons about the birth and death of Jesus fall i 
the curriculum in tlie sequence of its developmer 
not according to seasons. Since the curriculum is 
dated, it is possible that some schools use tlie books 
a time when these stories do fall in the Christmas 
Easter seasons. The great truths of Jesus' birth, da 
and resurrection are so significant in teaching child 
and youth God's plan of salvation and its relevcuice 
their lives, that they should not be reserved for teach 
only at the Easter and Christmas seasons. They 
presented in Gospel Light's curriculum whenever t 
are inherent in the Bible lessons or truths. 

Special Christmas and Easter lesson materials 
students and teachers for grades 1 through 6 are ] 
vided by Gospel Light as supplements for those \ 
wish to re-emphasize these stories during the cor 
ponding seasons. Sometimes they are used as "st 
home" materials and sometimes teacliers have arran 
their lesson periods to include the stories. 

Gospel Light materials provide for flexibility in 
phasis and teaching of the Bible stories for 
Christmas and Easter seasons without disrupting 
curriculum sequence and more importantly, the chi 
learning-application of Bible truths within various ur 

Sources of Easter/Christmas materials suggested: 

Primary Christmas leaflets 

Primary Easter leaflets 

Junior Christmas leaflets 

Junior Easter leaflets 

Junior Discovery Action Kit (Quarterly) 

Junior High Transition Action Kit (Qucirterly) 

rch 14, 1970 

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'ODAY'S MODERN, sophisticated 

man is living- in a time like 
other. Man's world has become so 
chanized, commercialized, 
i simonized, he can't brush his 
th properly without electricity, 
e scientific strides of the last 
■ade cai-ried man far beyond the 
ghts of the Tower of Babel. 
lericans can rejoice in living 
ling a time of the highest standard 
living known to man, and man 
bh his eyes on the future, predicts 
;ions beyond our wildest dreams, 
ui has always had great expectancy 
• the future but little hope for 
5 present. The good news for man 
always somewhere off into the 
ture ; a longed-for tomoiTOW. 
in has never been able to 
dsfy himself with the present, 
rhaps we should ask ourselves why. 
Men and nations have always 
nvinced themselves they can have 
)re and more power. The Bible 
ys "the meek shall inherit the 
rth." Man is determined he can 
m more money, thus solving his 
ery problem. The Bible says, 
. . the love of money is the root 

all evil" (II Tim. 6:10a). Prideful 
Eui has always striven for 
ipulai-ity or status. The Bible says, 
better it is to be of an humble 
'Mt with the lowly, than to divide 
e spoil with the proud" (Prov. 
i:19). Members of organized 
ciety have always seaixhed for a 
eedom, a liberty free from 
sponsibility. The Bible says, 
■ender to Caesai- the things that ai'e 
aesai-'s and unto God the things 
lat ai-e God's (Mark 12:17). Use not 
berty as a cover for evil. 

Man, since the beginning of time, 
as always reached for future ideals 

. for future happiness . . . for 
itiu-e contentment . . . for future 
eace . . . for future joy. To date man 
as still missed the mark ; man is 
till shooting to the future for the 
jlution to life's problems. The 
ible says we've missed the mark 
ecause of today! Not the 
-iture, today. Man has missed 

Let Go 

and Let God 

Good News for Modern Man 


the mark the Bible says, because of 
sin. You cannot solve sin in the 
future if you don't stai't solving it 
today. Man through all these years 
has thought that good news for his 
life was available only in the future. 
Only in tomorrow could one find 
fulfillment. That's not true ! 

Woodrow Wilson has been quoted 
as saying: "A man who has deprived 
himself of the best there is in the 
world, has deprived himself of the 
knowledge of the Bible." I agree! 
Albert Schweitzer said, "I don't 
know what your destiny will be, but 
one thing I know: the only ones 
among you who will be really happy 
are those who have sought and found 
how to serve God, today!" Dr. 
Schweitzer didn't say he found his 
good news in the future or in the 
darkness of the African jungle. 
He found his answer in the Bible; 
the book of a living God, written 
for your life today. The Bible 
holds the keys to such items as 
puiiDOse. truth, assurance, peace, 
love and life itself. The hang-up 
comes when man thinks he can have 

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these items without knowing- the 
Author of the Bible, but God says it 
can't be done. It's impossible. 
Histoiy proves this! 

Your life cannot have direction 
until your life first has purpose. 
You cannot have purpose until your 
life has tnith. You can't spread 
truth without assurance, nor can you 
have assurance without peace. You 
can't experience peace without love, 
you can't have everlasting love 
without Christ, and you can't know 
the author of the Bible without Jesus. 
Jesus holds all the keys.' Jesus 
knows all the answers. Jesus has all 
the solutions. Jesus has eveiything, 
and He wants to shai'e them with 
you ! It all comes under the heading : 
"Good News for Modem Man." 
You can read it in your Bible! 

There probably isn't a word in 
the English language so little 
understood as the word "Gospel." 
We hear it every week. We have 
heard it from our eai'liest childhood, 
yet there ai'e many people, 
including Christians, that do not 
know what it really means. 
Webster dictionaiy defines "Gospel" 
as, "the good news concerning Christ, 
the kingdom of God, and salvation." 
No better news ever came from 
Heaven than the Gospel of Christ. 
No better news has man ever heard. 

When you watch someone read a 
letter, you can tell by the facial 
expressions what tyije of message 
the letter contains. If the letter tells 
of a son, a soldier fighting in 
Vietnam, and that he is coming home 
to be with his parents and loved 
ones, certainly the reader's face 
would light up with this good news. 
But the Gospel of Good News from 
God is more glorious than that! 
Beloved, you and I are dead in the 
trespasses of sin, 'but the Gospel of 
Christ Jesus offers eternal life. We 
are enemies of God. The Bible says, 
"everyman shall be put to death for 
his own sins" (Deut. 24:16). We 
desei-ve death, but the Gospel offers 
forgiveness ! The world is in darkness 

and the Gospel offers light! 

The Bible tells us that the Word 
is a lamp unto our feet and a light 
unto our paths (Ps. 119:105). The 
only reason the world is in dai'kness 
today is because men will not 
believe the Gospel that Chiist is the 
light of the world. Jeremiali cried 
out, "0 eai-th, eai'th, eai-th, hear 
the word of the Lord" (22:29). 
He knew the darkness of his 
world and the light of God's 
Word. Jeremiah knew the Scripture 
could not be broken, and that if a 
man, woman, boy or girl would 
continue in God's Word, they would 
know the truth and the tinith would 
set them free! 

I see a world today that is not 
free. I see a world enslaved by Satan 
and sin ! It's been said that a 
minister has never been so eloquent 
as the day in an African Methodist 
Episcopal Church in Richmond, 
Virginia, when a chaplain of a 
northern regunent spoke to the 
Negroes who were just coming into 
liberty, and they were awakening to 
the fact that they were free. 

"Mothers," he cried, "you rejoice 
today. That little child has been 
torn from your embrace and 
sold off to some distant state for 
the last time; you ai'e forever free." 

"Young men," he cried, "you 
rejoice today. You have heai'd the 
crack of the slave driver's whip for 
the last time, you are forever free." 

"Young maidens," he shouted, 
"you rejoice today. You have been 
put on the auction block and sold 
for the last time, you are forever 

Men and women, boys and girls, 
young and old, everyone clapped theii- 
hands and shouted, "Glory to God, 
we are free, we are free!" 

But no slave ever had such a mean, 
wicked, crael master as those who 
are serving Satan and sin. The 
Bible describes Satan as the one who 
pei-verts the Scripture; opposes 
God's work; hinders the Gospel; 
works lying wonders; appeai-s as an 

3h 14, 1970 

Page Fifteen 

il of light and is the father of 

In essence, Satan deceives people 

believing the answers to life are 
le future, not the present, and 
has deceived a world of people! 
II tell you why I like the Gospel. 
:e it because it is the best 
s I've ever heai'd and I know it's 
I. It has taken out of my life, 
the lives of millions of others, 
two worst enemies man can have. 

first enemy is called death. Paul 
;es mention of this in 
>rinthians, chapter 15, by calling 
le last enemy. 
t one time death scai'ed me. It 

something I didn't talk about, 
'as something I didn't understand, 
s face it, people ai'e afraid 
rowing old and facing death with 
r question marks ! But that can 
:hange. The gi'ave can lose its 
■or, thanks to the Gospel. The 
pel says Jesus is the Resurrection 

the Life. After three days He 
3e ! Jesus conquered the grave ! 
. Because I live," Jesus shouts, 

shall live also!" (John 14:19b). 
, you can live also. That's good 
's.' As I go towai-d Heaven I 

shout, "0 death, where is thy 
g?" (I Cor. 1.5:55a), and I heai' 
answer coming from Calvary, 
led in the bosom of the Son 
jod. Jesus took the sting out 
leath, for you and for me. What a 
-■ious thought, that when you 

you simply sink into the amis 
Fesus to be can'ied to the land 
sverlasting rest! To die, Paul 
s, is gain ! That's good news. 
^he first enemy was called death. 
i second enemy was called Hfe. 
it's life with a capitol "L." 
w could I find the active, 
iting, dynamic life eveiyone wants, 
idn't want it for a day, a week, or 
eral months. You don't want your 
I exciting for only a day, a 
ik, or several months. We want it 
ever! ! ! I've got good news for 
L The Gospel tells how you and 
an have it for more than a 
'time, for an etei-nity. 

Matthew 6:33 states, " 
ye first the kingdom of God, and his 
righteousness; and all these things 
shall be added unto you." Here ai-e 
just a few of the things Jesus said 
would be added unto you : Your 
life will have direction. Your sinful, 
clay body will house the Spirit of 
God. The Lord will become your 
strength. You will feai' no evil for 
God is with you always. Your life 
will be filled with, the Bible says, 
showers of His blessings. You 
can pray knowing He hears all your 
prayers. And if your faith is as 
small as a grain of mustai'd seed, 
you can move mountains! With 
God all things ai'e possible. We 
can't limit His power, nor can 
we limit His ability to work through 
us. Through you! Beloved, that's 
good news. 

The Scripture of God needs to be 
a powerful and moving force in everj^ 
Christian's life. "All scripture is 
given by inspiration of God, and is 
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, 
for correction, for instraction in 
righteousness" (II Tim. 3:16). "The 
word of God is quick, and powerful, 
and shaiper than any two-edged 
sword" (Heb. 4:12a). John said, 
". . . these things write we unto you, 
that your joy may be full" (I John 

Voltaire, a philosopher and 
novelist of the 18th century said, 
"Animals have these advantages 
over man: (1) They have no 
theologians to instruct them, (2) 
their funerals cost them nothing, 
(3) and no one stai'ts lawsuits over 
their wills. A clergyman, Voltaire 
says, is one who feels himself called 
upon to live without working at the 
expense of the rascals who work 
to live." 

Voltaire believed that he had dealt 
a death blow to Christianity. He 
had a young disciple named La Harpe, 
whose genius and gifted pen he 
expected would complete whatever 
needed to be done in the way of 
destroying Christianity. He regai-ded 

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the young ai-istocrat as his successor 
in his cause against Christ. The time 
came wlien France reaped tlie 
liarvest which Voltaire had sown. 
Tlie French revolution broke out, 
and La Harpe was cast, with a 
host of others, into prison. He, and 
the rest awaiting death, did what 
they could to drive the evil 
thoughts away. No literature found 
its way into prison; but one old 
gentleman had a book which was his 
constant companion, and of which 
he never seemed to tire. It was a 
Bible. La HaiiDe begged to but 
borrow it. Its contents staitled him. 
"Here," he said, "is eveiything 
to excite curiosity; and here is also 
everything to satisfy it." His life 
was saved! The revolution ended, 
and he came out of prison to build 
the faith which his master hoped 
he would utterly destroy. The 
burning truth of the Gospel opened 
his heart ! If you're a Christian it 
opened yours, too ! 

In 1871 was published Chai-les 
Baldwin's fajnous book which created 
chaos in the religious world. It 
presented his speculations on the 
probable ancestry of man. He 
traced the descent of the human 
race back to an ape-like creature, 
and still further back until he reached 
the speck of protoplasm containing 
in itself, as he supposed, all those 
evolutionary potentialities, which 
after centuries of slow advancement 
resulted in man. However, with strict 
honesty he pointed out that with 
all his research there was a 
missing link. In 1882 Dai'win, the 
apostle of evolution, died and was 
l)uried in Westminster Abbey. 
I'd like to quote from the account 
given by the "Gleaner" U.S.A. It 
gives us the account of a great 
and wonderful tragedy. 

"Darwin was propped up in bed. 
Out of his window stretched a 
beautiful view. The sun was setting, 
lighting up with its soft radiance 
the face of nature. The dying 
man was reading — the Bible. He 

seemed greatly distressed, his 
finger twitched nervously and a look 
of agony came over his face as he 
said : 'I was a young man with 
unfomied ideas. I threw out queries, 
suggestions, wondering all the time 
over everything; and to my 
astonishment the ideas took like 
wildfire. People made a religion of 
them.' " 

Was there ever a more tragic 
scene? Darwin with Bible in hand, 
speaking with glowing enthusiasm 
about the grandeur of the Book. 
Darwin then called Lady Hope, 
a well-known Christian worker and 
servant of his, and told her to gather 
her sen'ants, tenants and neighbors 
and preach to them Christ Jesus. 
Darwin begged Lady Hope to 
preach Christ to those ai-ound her. 
He finished life by reading the Bible 
and exalting it and Christ. He could 
have done no better! 

Rev. J. D. Haniel tells of an 
incident several yeai's ago in an 
evangelistic meeting where a little 
girl raised her hand indicating that 
she desired to be a Christian. At 
the close of the sei-vice he went 
down to the pew where she was 
and tried to tell her how she might 
know that God had forgiven her sins. 
But she couldn't understand how 
it was possible for her to be sure 
of it. At length he said to her, 
"If the Lord Jesus were to send you 
a lettei' and tell you that He had 
heard your prayer, and had forgiven 
your sin, would you then know that 
you were saved?" 

"Oh, yes!" she said. "I wo'uld 
love to have a letter from Jesus, and 
I would always keep it. That way I 
would always be sure." 

"Well, the Lord Jesus has sent 
you a letter," he said, "to tell 
you that very thing." 

"May I have my letter," she asked? 

He asked her to open her Bible 
to the first letter of John, the 5th 
chapter, and the 13th verse, and he 
read these words: "These things have 
I written unto you that believe on 

ch 14, 1970 

Page Seventeen 

name of the Son of God; 
t ye may know that ye have 
Tial life, and that ye may believe 
the name of the Son of God." 
en they had read it, he said to 

'Now, do you sometimes go 
;he postoffice or the mail box for 
jtter?" She replied that she 

Then he asked her what she did 
en the post master handed out 
'I read the name to see if it is for 

or my dad," she said. 
'If it's addressed to you what do 
I do?" he asked. 
'Then I open it and read it, of 
rse," she replied. 
'Alrig-ht then," continued Rev. 
mel, "I want you to see to whom 
5 letter is addressed." They 
d again, "These things have 
Titten unto you that believe 
the name of the Son of God." 

"Are you included in that," he asked ? 
"Do you believe on the name of the 
Son of God ?" She declai'ed that 
she did with all of her heaii;. 
"Very well then," he said, "that 
is the name on the envelope, and 
it is written to you. Let's open 
the envelope and see what's inside. 
We read on, 'That ye may know that 
ye have eternal Hfe, and that ye 
may beUeve on the name of the Son 
of God.' " She now understood what 
the Lord Jesus was saying. She 
knew she was saved and that she 
would cany the Lord's letter to her, 
with her, the rest of her life. 

Jesus wrote you the same letter! 
Heaven and eai-th shall pass away 
but the words of God will remain. 
They shall continue to convict, 
burden, and set free the souls of 
men. Indeed, good news for 
modem man today. 

esh dew on the mountain top 


•HE FEBRUARY 3rd chapel period had just begun 
as many others before it, witli several of Asbury 
lege's 1,000 students selected to offer a word of testi- 
ny in Hughes Auditorium. 

i^hen the 50-minute service ended many students still 
■e on their feet waiting to speak. A faculty member 
ked to the microphone and suggested the singing of 
ymn of dedication. Approximately half the student 
y moved to the altar during the hymn, and the 
rathon 185-hour spiritual revival was on. 
tudents from the Wilmore, Kentucky school traveled 
OSS the country to share the blessings and the fire 
an to spread. In Azusa Pacific College, Azusa, Cali- 
nia, an Asbury student simply shared with the school 
it was happening in Kentucky and suddenly the 850 
lergraduate students felt the strange conviction that 
y Spirit power had gripped their campus, 
'ebruary 9 was the start of spiritual emphasis week 
Wheaton College, Illinois. Pastor Raymond C. Ort- 
d of Lake Avenue Congregational Church of Pasa- 
a, California, was the guest speaker and again 
ven touched earth as students poured out their 
rts from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. in an all night of prayer 
1 witness in Edman Chapel. 

Like fire on the prairie, the revival burst on other 
campuses including Taylor University, Upland. Indiana; 
Pasadena College, California; Bethel College. Misha- 
waka, Indiana; Bethel College, St. Paul, Minnesota; 
Olivet Nazarene College. Kankakee, Illinois; Bernard 
College, University Park, Iowa; Malone College, Canton, 
Ohio; Roberts Wesleyan, North Chih, N.Y.; Spring 
Arbor College, Michigan; Ft. Wayne Bible College, 
Indiana; Oral Roberts University, Tulsa; Georgetown 
College, Kentucky; Eastern Mennonite College, Harri- 
sonburg, Virginia; Marion College, Indiana; Canadian 
Bible College, Regina, Saskatchewan; and Canadian 
Nazarene, Winnipeg, Manitoba. 

During the first six days of the revival at Asbury, 
59 colleges and churches in 16 states invited students 
to tell the "Asbury story." For Wheaton it was 1938, 
1943 and 1950 all over again. One fellow testified, "It's 
a second orientation week; everything is fresh and 
new and just beginning. But it's better ... it's re- 

Dean Custer Reynolds at Asbury explained the ad- 
ministration's decision to resume classes by saying 
that the revival was "a mountain top experience, but 
we cannot live at the mountain top." 

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Local Missions Giving 





Southeastern District 


Harrisonburg, Virginia 


$ 333 


Henidon, Virginia 




Cumberland, Maiyland 




Fayetteville, West Virginia 




Haddix, Kentucky 




Hagerstown, Maryland 



Kimsey Run 

Kimsey Run, West Virginia 




Quicksburg, Vii'ginia 




Linwood, Maiyland 



Lost Creek 

Lost Creek, Kentucky 




Mathias, West Virginia 




Maurertown, Virginia 



Mt. Olive 

Pineville, Virginia 



Oak HUl 

Oak Hill, West Virginia 




Rowdy, Kentucky 



St. James 

St. James, Maryland 



St. Luke 

Woodstock, Virginia 




Washington, D. C. 



Pennsylvania District 


Berlin, Pennsylvania 



Bi-ush Valley 

Adi-ian, Pennsylvania 




Pittstown, New Jersey 




Cameron, West Virginia 




Conemaugh, Pennsylvania 



Fairless Hills-Levittown 

Levittown, Pennsylvania 




Marianna, Pennsylvania 



Johnstown (First) 

Johnstown, Pennsylvania 



Johnstown (Second) 

Johnstown, Pennsylvania 



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mstown (Third) 

Johnstown, Pennsylvania 





Masontown, Pennsylvania 





Meyersdale, Pennsylvania 




. Olivet 

Georg-etown, Delaware 




. Pleasant 

Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania 





Pittsburg-h, Pennsylvania 




iet Dell 

Cameron, West Virginia 





Saxton, Pennsylvania 





Sergeantsville, New Jersey 




Jley Church 

Jones Mills, Pennsylvania 





Vandergi-ift, Pennsylvania 





JMineral Point, Pennsylvania 





Waynesboro, Pennsylvania 




lite Dale 

Terra Alta, West Virginia 




lio District 



Akron, Ohio 




hland. Park St. 

Ashland, Ohio 





Canton, Ohio 




lumljus (Co-Operative) 

Columbus, Ohio 





Dayton, Ohio 





Fremont, Ohio 





Ashland, Ohio 





Glenford, Ohio 





Gratis, Ohio 





Bellefontaine, Ohio 





Mansfield, Ohio 





Louisville, Ohio 





Massillon. Ohio 





Newai'k, Ohio 




m Lebanon 

New Lebanon, Ohio 




rth Georg-etown 

North Georgetown, Ohio 




iasant Hill 

Pleasant Hill, Ohio 





Smithville, Ohio 




;st Alexandria 

West Alexandria, Ohio 





Williamstown, Ohio 




jiana District 


South Bend, Indiana 





Howe, Indiana 





Bryan, Ohio 





Burlington, Indiana 




nter Chapel 

Pera, Indiana 




liege Comer 

Wabash, Indiana 





Twelve Mile, Indiana 




unty Line 

LePaz, Indiana 





Denver, Indiana 





Wai'saw, Indiana 





Elkhai't, Indiana 




ihai't-Winding Waters 

Elkhart, Indiana 





Flora, Indiana 





Goshen, Indiana 





Huntington, Indiana 





Goshen, Indiana 


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Kokomo, Indiana 




Bunker Hill, Indiana 




Bronson, Michigan 




Peru, Indiana 




Milford, Indiana 




Mishawaka, Indiana 




Muncie, Indiana 




Nappanee, Indiana 



New Paris 

New Pai-is, Indiana 



North Liberty 

North Liberty, Indiana 



North Manchester 

North Manchester, Indiana 




Oakville, Indiana 




Peru, Indiana 




Roann, Indiana 




Roanoke, Indiana 



South Bend 

South Bend, Indiana 




Teegai'den, Indiana 




Rochester, Indiana 




Wabash, Indiana 




Warsaw, Indiana 



Central District 

Cedar Falls 

Cedar Falls, Iowa 


Cerro Gordo 

Cerro Gordo, Illinois 




Lanai-k, Illinois 




Milledgeville, Illinois 




Udell, Iowa 




Waterloo, Iowa 



Midwest District 


Carleton, Nebraska 




Cheyenne, Wyoming 




Derby, Kansas 



Falls City 

Falls City, Nebraska 



Fort Scott 

Fort Scott, Kansas 




McLouth, Kansas 




Morrill, Kansas 




Mulvane, Kansas 



Northern California 


Lathrop, California 




Manteca, California 




Stockton, California 



Southwestern District 

Papago Pai-k 

Tempo, Arizona 




Tucson, Arizona 




St. Petersburg 

St. Petersburg, Florida 




Sarasota, Florida 



Designates top ten churches for each year 

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cal Church Offerings 

lividual's Contributions 


/idend and Interest Income 

■niorial Gifts 

scellaneous Income 

neral Conference Offering 

strict & National Organizations 


$ 99,581.00 















$ 99,560.00 


$ 96,826.00 








1. Elkhait, Indiana Church 

2. Vinco, Pennsylvania Church 

3. Goshen, Indiana Church 

4. Ashland, Park St., Ohio Church 

5. Nappanee, Indiana Church 

6. New Paris, Indiana Church 

7. Smithville, Ohio Church 

8. BerUn, Pennsylvania Church 

9. New Lebanon, Ohio Church 
10. Loree, Indiana Church 



Ottawa (EP)— One of the most 
presentative religious gatherings 
Canadian history will bring to- 
other ministers and laymen from 
ainline and newer denominational 
■oups for the 1970 Canadian Con- 
■ess on Evangelism here the last 
ill week of August. 
The Rev. Leslie Tarr, adminis- 
ator of Central Baptist Seminary, 
Id the Toronto Daily Star that 
)me advocates of traditional evan- 
?lism are uneasy over the social 
Tiphasis which they fear will 
nother the evangelical thrust. 
Dr. Paul B. Smith, pastor of The 
eoples' Church, is among those 
ho will not support the congress. 
Tarr said other evangelicals — no- 
ibly from the newer denominations 

— are playing leading roles in the 
Ottawa gathering. 

More than 800 representatives 
from 37 Protestant denominations 
will converge on the National Arts 
Centre for the August 24-28 con- 

Chairman of the Invitational Com- 
mittee is the Rev. Kenn Opperman, 
pastor of a Christian and Missionary 
AlUance church. In addition, many 
Pentecostal, Baptist, Mennonite 
Brethren, Salvation Army, Naza- 
rene. Free Methodist and Brethren 
leaders are cooperating. 

Congress executive secretary Mar- 
ney Patterson, an Anglican minister- 
evangelist, is optimistic over the 
prospects for the summer meeting. 
He says most of the problems are 
the result of misunderstanding and 
poor communication. He sees the 
congress as a step toward breaking 

down some of those misunderstand- 

"The Congress on Evangelism 
should draw together most evan- 
gelicals who want to make an im- 
pact for Jesus Christ," he said. 
"Canada needs something better 
than a fragmented Christian testi- 
mony. The congress and its program 
are committed to the biblical Chris- 
tian faith and its relevance to our 

This event is an outgrowth of the 
1966 Berlin World Congress on 
Evangelism from which some Cana- 
dian representatives returned de- 
termined to a similar gathering in 
the Dominion. 

Topics will range from the Theolo- 
gy of Evangelism, Cultural Plural- 
ism and Urbanization, to Morality, 
Personal Witnessing and the Gen- 
eration Gap. 

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laymen president communications 



■npHERE ARE many items of information tliat I liave 
1 been reading that I would like to siiare with you. 
The knowledge of many writers is involved and that is 
why the title of this communication (Spiritual Smorgas- 
board) is used. I'm praying that the Holy Spirit will 
guide and direct the tlioughts that aire written herein 
to be ones that honor and glorify God, and lead men 
to a "closer walk with Him." This can be a reality by 
putting "self" into the "wUl of our Heavenly Father." 

Robert E. Crawford in his column entitled "Morning 
Meditations" made the following comments: "One noted 
minister remarked that he came from seminary pre- 
pared for a great ministry, but his parishioners compli- 
cated matters." It is far more difficult to work witli 
persons than with theory. 

He furthers states that correlations should be de- 
veloped between the social and psychological sciences 
and the teachings of theology and religion. Eacli min- 
ister as he labors either deals with the correlation or 
ignores basic relationships. Man can neither deny liis 
humanity nor resist his divinity. He who was fully 
both is our Ideal and Savior. 

Evei-y man is involved in this concern, whether he 
consciously pursues it or not. Some natural, unthink- 
ing Saints may exist, but most of us have to review 
our experience and ponder it for its message before we 
are motivated to "grow in grace." 

For this reason, Bible reading helps us to spiritually 
mature because we are going directly to the source 
for our learning. In 11 Peter 1:2-4 is this revelation to 
man. "Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through 
the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According 
as his divine Power hath given unto us all things that 
pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge 
of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby 
are given unto us exceeding great and precious prom- 
ises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine 
nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the 
world through lust." 

Bible reading is important but becomes even more 
relevant to man if he also studies. "Study to shew thy- 
sel:f approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to 
be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (TI Tim- 
othy 2:15). 

People today are seeking for paths to walk 
searching for answers to life's questions. Men, if 
are going to be prepared for witnessing and testify 
we must be alert and ready for opportunities. Provi 
3:5-6 and Ephesians 6:10-20 are just two of the m 
passages of Scripture that aids our spiritual pre 

A gentleman offered a lady a Gospel tract wit 
word of testimony and was severly reprimanded; 
her. With a withering glance she said sharply, "\ 
don't you mind your own business?" "That's exa 
what I'm doing Madam," he replied; "as a servan 
the Lord, my business is to get out the Gospel to e\| 
creature!" j 

Have you ever considered the value of purchasj 
and distributing of tract literature? The tract mini; 
has proven to be very valuable in reaching souls 
salvation. This is an area for laymen to be a great a;[ 
in your daily contacts. Send for samples and — thro 
prayer and meditation — select the tracts that you 
led to pass along in letters as weU as in personal i 
tacts for specific needs of relatives, friends 
neighbors. l 

This is one of the many ways in which laymen ! 
lielp sow the seed that leads to harvest of souls. F 
says in I Corinthians 3:6 "I have planted, Apo 
watered; but God gave the increase. In John 4:37 
read, "And herein is that saying true. One soweth, 
another reapeth." It is not important that we de- 
credit for winning souls, but it is important that i 
desire to do all we possibly can to help win souls i 
salvation for eternity. 

Salvation means "safe return." Again I would like 
quote from Robert E. Crawford. "The road to ssu 
tion is love. Once we embark on the path of love, 
safe return to the Kingdom of Heaven within, and: 
the added things — peace, harmony, joy — are within 
grasp. Love's power is amazing. It gives beauty to 
plain. It infuses hopelessness with hope. It makes 
weak strong and calls forth deeds for which no pol 
tial was suspected. 

"How can we grow in our power to love in order t 
love's miracles will surround us ? We grow in the po\ 
to love by recognizing our need for forgiveness, 

ich 14, 1970 

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g thankful for the forgiveness we have received, by 
•sire to serve God, who has blessed us so far beyond 


iumility nourishes love in us. Love beautifies, en- 
es, and sustains our lives and the lives of others 
1 whom we share it." 

He drew a circle that shut me out 
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout 
But love and I had the wit to win 
We drew a circle that took him in. 

Edwin Markham 

e plays a great role in our lives for being con- 
led about others, and where they're going to spend 
•nity. Read I Corinthians, chapter 13 for knowledge 
ove as a personal message, one for us to study and 


For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to ob- 
1 salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ (I Thossalonians 
. The universal opportunity for salvation is evident 
^cts 13:26, "Men and brethren, children of the stock 
Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, 
fo\x is the word of this salvation sent." 
et's do all that is possible to bring to "The Laity" 
realization that they not only have a personal do- 
sn to consider but also an individual choice to make, 
'on S. Augsburger wrote "The Christian Church is 
a static institution. It is men and women who flesh 

out in daily life the meaning of faith, tlie reality of the 
risen Christ." 

Rise up, O men of God! 
Have done with lesser things, 
Give heart and soul and mind and strength 
To serve the King of Kings. 
This song is an example for us to put into practice 
as opportunities become realities. 

The articles that I have written for the laymen's 
pages have been for the specific purpose of arousing 
us to the primary purpose of putting the Lord Jesus 
Christ first in our lives. It is the hope that from these 
articles we (the Laity) will begin to think, pray, read 
God's Word, study, obey, meditate, witness, worship, 
love, testify, be faithful, and serve. 

This preparation should enable us to teach and reach 
souls for salvation. 

To each is given a bag of tools. 
An hourglass, and a book of rules. 
And each man must build ere his work is done, 
A stumbling block or a stepping-stone. 
Author Unknown 
Let us not therefore judge one another any more: 
but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling- 
block or an occasion to fall in his brother's way (Ro- 
mans 14:13). A stepping-stone image would be appropri- 
ate for us to display. 

God bless you in all your endeavors for Him, Amen. 


Tacoma, Washington (EP) — Since 
the body of a well-dressed boy 
was found in a box cai" here his 
parents have been doing- all they can 
to alert others against the dangers 
of drags which killed their son. 

Richard Allen Hon, 20, wrote 
before he swallowed the fatal dose: 
"Dear Father: I think you know 
the reason I've done this. Dope 
runied my life and took away my 
happiness forever. I could never live 
in the state of mind I was in. 
Please don't hate me too much for 
what I have done. I thought I found 
truth in what I was doing, 
experiencing life. But I found out it 
was death I was tripping on. 

"Dad, I hope to find happiness 
now even thought I know I destroyed 
my life and others with it. I hope 
to God people taking dope find 

what I found in it sooner than I 
did. Goodbye, father . . . your son, 
love, Richy." 

The ]>arents, Mr. and Mrs. James 
Hon, said their son had been 
experiencing recumng bad trips 
on LSD and marijuana during the 
last few weeks of his life. 

The Louis Hanis survey reported 
that a total of neai'ly 15 million 
Americans say that someone "close 
to them" uses marijuna. Among 
teenagers the proportion triples to 28 
per cent. And 31 per cent among 
college students say either they or 
some close friend uses "pot." 

One in 10 says he knows someone 
who has used LSD, while an indicated 
4.4 million persons have intimate 
connections with someone who has 
tried the liallucinogenic drug. 
Concentration of use among 
teenagers rises to 13 per cent and 
to 17 per cent among college 

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COMMISSIONED — sometimes a big title scares 
people. Sometimes an organization is something 
which people want to remain away from because it in- 
volves too much. We hope that our title "Sisterhood of 
Mary and Martha of the Brethren Church" hasn't 
scared anyone. It simply means a society or group of 
Christian girls who are interested in the chief business 
of every Christiaji — doing the business of the Lord. 

Many years ago the Lord was commissioned by His 
Heavenly Father to come down from Hea\'en into the 
world and save the lost by giving up His life on the 
Cross of Calvarj'. Jesus actinowledged this commission 
when He said, "My Father hath sent Me." He fulfilled 
this commission completely and could say to His Father, 
"I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do." 

This Jesus, our Savior and our God, then said, "As 
My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you." He spoke 
these words to His disciples. We too, have been com- 
missioned to carry on His work so that others might 
come to see tlie light of God's love. We have been com- 
missioned to speak of the things that make for our 
peace as we attend school, as we travel with our 
friends, as we visit in their homes, as we carry on our 
work, as we pray to God and pay to God our tribute. 

A lady shopper, interested in a certain dress, couldn't 
seem to make up her mind. Finally she asked the clerk, 
"Is this a drip-dry?" The clerk said, "I'm not quite sure; 
let's look at the tag." They did, and there it was: For 

best results dry-clean." The clerk smiled, "Of cour 
slie said, "you probably could drip-dry it, but the ma 
should know best." 

This can say what the Creator has done for us. 
has given us life and being, but he didn't stop th 
Like the dressmaker, God has given instructions 
living — a tag so that we might get the best results fi 
our lives. We may ignore these instructions if 
clioose, but in doing so we cannot expect the fulfillir: 
and satisfaction from life that God intended for us 

Because God created each of us, He knows wha< 
best for us and how our lives can become most fruil 
in His service. Only in obeying God's instructions j 
we hope to get the "best results." 

We have been commissioned to serve the Lord v 
gladness and goodness that others may see our joy . 
our liglit and glorify our Father in Heaven. We dii 
have a big title to scare us. Our title is simply "C\ 
missioned Christians." People whom God permitsi 
live so that they can tell others of Clirist. Our org.j 
zation is simply an arm, a part of the "Commissio 
Church" into which we want to draw all men for Chi 

It is my prayer that our monthly meetings will i< 
us to carry out this great commission. That as we n:| 
together we will feel God's power in our endeavors! 
overcome the things that seem impossible to us, 
that we will be inspired as a group of Christian G 
to "Do God's Will" and be of greater service to Him. 

Reports from churches - 


we decided that others may want to hear about 
the work the Lord is doing among His people. Fifteen 
people have been baptized and three others have come 
into the church by letter. We have morning services 
throughout the year and evening services about three- 
fourths of the year. Bible study classes and prayer 
meetings are held most of the yeau-. Youth meetings 
average about three-fourths of the time. Two W.M.S 
societies conduct their meetings once each month with 
work days occasionally. Junior Church and Signal 
Lights meet about every Sunday. We conduct evangel- 
istic meeting at least once a year with a visiting evan- 
gelist preaching seven or eight sermons. But with all 
this, revival has not come and the church has not 

awakened to its obligations to Jesus Christ, its Sav 
and Lord. We see in this church, as we see in m; 
today, that there is little love for one another mi 
less love for those outside the church. We, like m 
people today, are afraid to become involved. We 
not want to be despised or persecuted even though > 
Lord has told us that because it happened to Hiir 
would also happen to his followers. Besides those peo 
on the other side of the tracks just wouldn't fit into i 
group anyway, so why bother with them. The H 
Spirit has been quenched so thoroughly that it re£ 
surprises some of us when we see Him getting a 11 
work done. 

By and large I believe we are on about par with m 
of the Brethren and Protestant churches. We need y 
prayers that revival might come before the Lord brii 
judgment upon a lukewarn church. 

— Wilbur L. Thomas, Pastor 

h 14, 1970 

Page Twenty-five 


say we have a wonderful group of people to work 
. They want to see the church be a spiritual churcli 
re people can come and hear tiie true Gospel and 
aved from sin. They want to work together for the 
y of God whether in the local church or on denom- 
ional levels. To this end we have labored this year, 
the blessings of God has been upon us in so many 

velvo people have been received into the church, 
a great number have expressed their desire for a 
;r walk with God. Our finances liave been good 
year with all obligations paid and a missionary 
ring in December of $4,000. This was a special offer- 
and was above our regular budget giving. For this 
thank God. 

e were glad to have the Curtis family with us this 
', and our Intermediate Youth arranged four tables 
esenting our various mission fields to welcome the 
:is family and to remind the congregation of the 
sion Sunday. We have a wonderful group of young 
)le in this church, an average attendance of 30 youth 
y Sunday at 6:30 p.m., and most stay for the eve- 
: service. Twice each month our youth are respon- 
! lor our special music and devotions at the evening 
ice. It is a real joy to work with youth of this kind. 
are to have new glass doors on all tliree front doors 
Caster time, and we are looking forward to this as 
start off the year of 1970. 

Rev. W. E. Thomas, Pastor 




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of faithful Bretliren continued to meet together 
at the First Brethren Cliurch of Fremont, Ohio, without 
tlie services of a full-time pastor. They prayed that the 
Lord would send the right man to them to fill the pas- 
toral need. The Lord answered by sending His man 
for the task in the person of Pastor Carl Thomas. The 
congregation was unable to support him on a full-time 
basis, so he accepted a job at a local industrial firm 

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The Brethren Evange 

in addition to performing his ministerial worli. At first, 
it was difficult, to say the least, but the Brethren con- 
tinued to pray. The work of the Holy Spirit began to 
manifest itself — slowly at first, then with gaining mo- 
mentum — as we witnessed a growing number of souls 
won to the Lord. Others, already Christians, came in 
attracted by the Biblical practices of the Brethren. 

The Fremont Church is now a flourishing and sizable 
congregation of born-again believers. We have grown 
in number to the point where Pastor Thomas can be 
supported in the full-time ministry. Also, we anticipated 
getting into a larger church building to facilitate the 
Lord's work, if He so wills. 

What has been accomplished was done, not through 
gimmicks or secular promotion programs, but through 
prayer, personal contact work, and a faithful preaching 
of God's Word from our pulpit, which are God's 
approved methods and which have always been Breth- 
ren traits. And, of course, the credit goes to God, who 
gives the increase. 

We have been encouraged from reading on the pages 
of this magazine of how the Lord is blessing other 
Brethren Churches. So, we in turn have taken this 
opportunity to share with the Brethren this brief testi- 
mony of what our wonderful Lord has been doing 
among us at Fremont in these latter days. 

Dan Tremaine, Statistician 

Revival in 

cated and Bible-centered scholar and preacher. Rev. 
Richard Kuns, pastor from Hemdon, Virginia, held an 
evangelistic meeting in the beautiful Sarasota First 
Brethren Church which reposes in a quiet grove of 
majestic pines. The total average attendance for the 
campaign was 475 for the morning worship services 
and 154 average for the evening services with an all- 
time high of 517 at the January 18th morning service. 
Our morning worship services begin at 8:30 and 10:30 
with Sunday school at 9:30 during the winter months. 
We also began our fourth year on the radio with the 

Brethren Hour, a program every Sunday morning j 
8 a.m. 

The spiritual results of the revival were six fii 
time confessions and 26 rededications with many 
cisions being made to be more faithful to the servi: 
of the Lord Jesus in 1970. 

The ladies of the Morning W.M.S. sponsored 
project of turning the cottage into a lovely home 
the evangelist, his wife Sue and 2-year-old son Phi 
Transportation to Sarasota by airplane was also j, 
vided for the family, as well as an automobile for tl| 
use. In addition to the love offering, monetary g 
were given for the provision of eating in restaura 
as well as being guests in the homes of members 

Rev. Richard Kuns is one of the finest speakerj 
church could present in the field of Bible studies ; 
evangelism. He was also featured as a soloist on 
trumpet with his wife Sue accompanying him on 
piano. He is a graduate of Ashland College and Tl' 
logical Seminary and the University of Brandeis whi 
he received an M.A. in Hebrew and Egyptology, 
has traveled extensively in the Middle East under 
sponsorship of the Hebrew Union College in Israel. 
is the Secretary of the National Board of Christ 

Rev. Kuns has the rare abUity of mEiking the W 
of God live as he relates it from history and arch] 
ology. His messages were Christ-exalting and Bilj 
centered. He fascinated the congregation with his tim; 
and spiritually directed archaeological pictures fril 
the Holy Land. 

The Sarasota First Brethren Church is certainly I 
debted to the Kuns family for the work which they | 
doing for Christ in these challenging last days. Thfl 
God for revival! i 

J. D. Hamel, pastor i 

Honors Twin Birthdoys 

ON FEBRUARY 15th two retired ministers celebra 
a happy occasion as the church and their m;; 
friends, old and young, helped them to observe tlj 
85th birthdays. These two men. Rev. Clarence Stewi 
and Rev. Fred Vanator, are perhaps the oldest minist' 
in the denomination, and between them they have sen 
the church for well over 100 years. 

Rev. J. D. Hamel, pastor of the Sarasota Church, g; 
tribute to the two "elder statesmen" during the morni 
worship service. Further celebration was offered th 
by Mr. and Mrs. Ed Questionati, Mr. and Mrs. I 
Maxson and Mrs. Bessie James. They planned a s 
prise for the two men after the evening church serv 
The entire audience was invited to the Educatio 
Building at the close of the service and there were o 
150 friends who were served from a lovely tea table 
in a valentine motif. They all partook of birthday c£ 
mints, nuts, punch and coffee and enjoyed a beaut; 
time of fellowship. j 

h 14, 1970 

Page Twenty-seven 

I Goshen. Indiana 

Robert Fowler 

dent. Bob has attended the Brethren Church for some 
time and has been a member since 1967. He has been 
active in our youth group, in Sunday School and has 
worked with the children in Junior Church. 

On Sunday, August 31, Bob and Miss Sandra Huber 
were united in marriage in the First Brethren Church 
in Goshen. Sandy is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mel- 
vln Huber of Goshen and is a 1969 graduate of Goshen 
High School. Sandy has been an active member of the 
Goshen Church all of her life and has worked with the 
young people and the children. 

Randall Lee Smith has also made his decision to en- 
ter the Brethren ministry. Randy is the son of Mr. and 
Mrs. Richard Smith of New Paris and is a senior at 
Fairfield High School and plans to enter Ashland 
College in 1970. 

He has been an active member of the Brethren 
Church all his hfe, participating in all of the youth 
activities and is also one of the church pianists. 

Myrtle Miller 


Randall Smith 

Indiana is presenting two young men of their 
gregation who have felt the call to the ministry. The 
gregation in their July 2 meeting voted unanimously 
'xtend the call to the Gospel ministry of these two 
ng men: 

obert Eugene Fowler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene 
i^owler, Goshen, is a 1968 graduate of Goshen High 
Ool and attended Indiana University. He entered 
land CoUege September 1, as a pre-seminary stu- 

called Rev. Bradley Weidenhamer as their assistant 
pastor, effective Februaiy 1. Rev. Weidenhamer has 
served as pastor of the Goshen Brethren Church during 
the past year. He also served the Goshen Church as 
Minister of Christian Education from 1966 through 1968. 
His home was originally Ashland, Ohio where his father 
is Professor of Science at Ashland College. He is a 
graduate of Ashland College (1963): received his B.D. 
from Ashland Seminary in 1966; and an M.A. in History 
from Ohio State University in 1969. He is an accom- 
plished musician, giving instruction on drums, and has 
directed the Brethi-en Conference Choir the past four 
years. Rev. Weidenhamer will continue study at Goshen 
College to complete requirements for a teaching degree 

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The Brethren Evang 

in Elementary Education. His initial ministry with First 
Brethren Church will be the development of its music 
and Christian Education programs. 

Mrs. Weidenhamer is the former Karen McPlierson of 
Bellefontaine, Ohio. She, too, holds a teaching degree 
in Elementary Education. She has taught two years in 
the Goshen School system and during the past year has 
done private tutoring. She has also taught several 
courses in the Northern Indiana District Leadership 
Training School of the Brethren Church. 

The VVeidenhamer's have an adoptive son, Eric, born 
February 13, 1969. They will reside at Route 2, Jeffer 
son Place, near Goshen. 

Rev. Charles Lowmaster is the present pastor of the 
.340-member congregation. 


REV. AND MRS. HENRY BATES were the honored 
guests a I a Twenty-fifth Wedding Anniversary 
celebration Sunday evening, January 25, in the Vinco 
Church Fellowship House. The Sunday School presented 
them with a beautiful set of silverware. Tlie Berean 
Sunday School Class sponsored the celebration. Eighty 

one persons attended after the evening church ser 
Happy anniversary Rev. and Mrs. Bates. We appre-, 
the good work they are doing for the Lord in the ^V 
Brethren Church and unanimously wish them n 
more happy years together with their family her] 

Where to 
in the 70's? 


JN THE PAST few months, I ha 
had the opportunity to visit a i 
number of Brethren Churches aK 
to talk witli concerned people 
on many different subjects. In n 
of these conversations the subjec 
has turned to the penetrating- 
questions, "Where shall we go in 
the 70's?" and "What shape shoui 
our church take in the 70's?" 
I have been enthused by the visio 
told to me; and by the willingness 
expressed by many to face some c 
the criticisms leveled against the 
Brethren; 'by a genuine eagerness 
to evaluate our present programs 
and offer suggestions for 
improvements. These have led me 

Page Twenty-nine 

to believe that throughout the 
denomination, we ai'e in the midst 
of a soul-searching time. As I I'ead 
histoiy, I have found that sucii 
times of soul-seai-ching always 
preceed major breakthroughs in 
Church planning and the sense of 
mission is so revitalized that it 
thrusts the Church into areas of 
Christian experiences and service 
never before attained. What 
tremendous pressures ai"e being 
exerted on the Church to bring it 
to the place where it is willing 
to honestly evaluate itself! 
Evaluate we must ! Perhaps too long 
we have written our ideas and goals 
on paper only to find that they 
have not become reality. Has this 
been the case? If so, why? 

While working with the Nigerian 
church leaders, I came face to face 
with a very frustrating cJiaracteristic 
which they exhibited. I found that 
when they sat down to plan a 
program, they would express their 
dreams, hopes, wishes, and then 
fomialize the goals for the program 
and then they would close with a 
prayer of thanksgiving without 
ever tackling the problem of 
how the goals were to be 
accomplished. We might say they 
were fatalistic for they would 
conclude with, "Well, if God wants 
it to be as we have suggested, then 
He will bring it about." Could it be 
that many of us are just as guilty 
of the fatalism? 

Is it not true, that our church 
will go only as far as we cany it 
with our own involvement? 

Many questions come to my mind. 
Some are: How much of myself 
have I really given to strengthen 
the church ? Do I fear becoming 
involved too much ? Have I been 
satisfied with less than my best 
as I tell myself it doesn't matter 
what I do, after all, I'm just one 
member? Could it be that I am guilty 
of gross negligence as I reason 
to myself that others should be doing 
this or that which I see should 

be done for the cause of Christ in 
my local congregation? Have I been 
passing the buck as I think that 
the pastor or Mrs. So and So should 
be doing that job in the church 
because they ai'e better trained 
than I? Am I guilty of spreading 
dissension as I discuss what should 
be done in the church with others 
without sharing these ideas 
openly with those in church 
leadership? When was the last time 
I offered to give my help to 
implement new ideas instead of 
criticising the current ideas as 

I believe that the Brethren Church 
stands on the threshold of new 
opportunities, new vistas to claim 
for Christ. 

We must move out to claim these 
with bold plans carefully thought 
out and presented with renewed 
vigor ! 

The extent to which we venture 
collectively as Brethren will be 
detennined by what each of us 
does with our own choices. It will 
take a concentrated effort on the 
pai't of each of us working together 
with others of like vision across 
the denomination, but — it is only 
to those who work who gain the 
right to shape answers to the 
questions concerning the 70's! 

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The Brethren Evan 

World Religious News 

in Review 


Chicago (EP) — A cooperative ven- 
ture to train seminarians for minis- 
try in the urban community under 
inter-church auspices has been an- 
nounced here. 

Seven theological schools in mid- 
west America are cooperating in a 
pUot project, according to Dr. Gil- 
bert M. James, director of the pro- 
gram. James is a faculty member 
of Asbury Theological Seminary, 
Wilmore, Kentucky, one of the co- 
operating institutions. 

Dates of the experimental pro- 
gram are June 15 to August 21, 
1970. The program will combine 
action with theological reflection. 

The experimental program is 
financed through a $50,000 grant 
from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., of 

Aside from Asbury, schools co- 
operating include Anderson College 
School of Theology, Anderson In- 
diana; Bethel Theological Seminary, 
St. Paul, Minnesota; Conservative 
Baptist Theological Seminary, Den- 
ver, Colorado; Goshen College Bibli- 
cal Seminary, Goshen, Indiana; Men- 
nonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, 
Indiana; and North Park Theological 
Seminary, Chicago. 


New York (EP) — Employees on 
the job have spiritual needs, too, 
and more and more business estab- 
lishments are hiring chaplains to 
help keep production levels high 
through "good morale." 

"There may be as many as 100 
industrial chaplains in the U.S. to- 
day," said the Rev. G. Jack Boston, 
chaplain and chief counselor for 
Holly Farms Poultry Industries, Inc. 
of Wilksboro, N.C. 

Boston told a UPI reporter that 
the number of chaplains in industry 

has nearly tripled since World War 

Particularly strong in the South, 
the popularity of the industrial 
chaplain is spreading. International 
Telephone and Telegraph Company 
has four chaplains working north 
of the Artie Circle among its 1,000 
employees manning a radar network. 

The chaplain's role has been 
proved effective in saving money for 
the firm by keeping people on the 



Wasliington, D.C. (EP) — Christian 
business and professional men are 
being recruited to serve as lay 
missionaries who will initiate busi- 
ness enterprises in underdeveloped 
areas pinpointed by missionaries! 

The new dimension in missionary 
outreach is a project of International 
Students, Inc. Directing the "De- 
velopment Assistance Services" is 
the Rev. Paris Reidhead, former 
foreign missionary, and most cur- 
rently director of Help for a 
Hungry World headquartered here. 
He served also formerly as a Chris- 
tian Missionary Alliance pastor in 
New York City. 

The program will attempt to 
complement and strengthen the 
established program of Internation- 
al Students, Inc. — the introducing 
to foreign guests of Jesus Christ 
while they are studying or working 
in America. 


Tunica, Mississippi (EP) — Leading 
congregations here among the Bap- 
tists, Presbyterians and Methodists 
have established private segregated 
schools for some 350 white children 
to circumvent federal court integra- 
tion orders. 

The withdrawal of the 
chUdren left the three public sc 
in Tunica with 2,600 black stu 
and two white boys. Neither c 
white children showed up for c. 
the first week of the new an 

Nicholas Chriss said about 
30 white teachers also leflj 
Tunica public school system 
accompanied the children tc 
small crowded rooms of the cl 
schools. The children alle 
brought with them their i 
school texts, which they are 
mitted to do under a Mississipi 
designed to ease the plight o 
private schools. 


Waco, Texas (EP) — There 
only a "tiny minority" of y 
radicals who want to overturj 
existing university system ir 
United States, evangelist 
Graham said here at a convoc 
service marking the 125th birl 
of Baylor University. | 

.Mr. Graham was the first t 
series of speakers during an: 
sai-y week at Baylor, the t 
college in Texas from the stand 
of contmuous operation. It 
chartered by the Republic of ''. 
on February 1, 1845. 

The evangelist said most of 
involved in the "student revolt; 
are "a group of youngsters wh 
serious searchers for meanir 

Christian universities sucl 
Baylor can help those studen 
answering the questions, "Wh: 
I?" "Why am I here?" and "V 
am I going?" Graham said. 


Milwauliee (EP) — U.S. Atti 
David J. Cannon said here it 
likely that an agency of the IJ 
Church of Christ violated fe 
statutes if, as reported, the; 
cepted the draft card of a 22 
old MUwaukean as a protest a{ 
the Vietnam Wcu:. 

The UCC's Council for Chrj 
Social Action, meeting here 6t 
the Church's mid-Winter asse 
voted 14-8 to accept the draft 
of Stephen Larson of MOwaut 

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expression of conscience . . . 
I act of protest and non-coopera- 
against the Vietnam war." 
swis I. Maddocks of New York 
', director of the Council, said 
: the draft card had been mailed 
he Justice Department in Wash- 

Ir. Cannon, who is U.S. Attorney 
Wisconsin's eastern district, said 
; if the card was mailed to 
phington it would be returned 
er to him or to the FBI office 
vlilwaukee. He said he had made 
plans to investigate, 
he Council for Christian Social 
ion said that acceptance of the 
ft card was an action by the 
mcil only, not by the United 
trch of Christ. Mr. Maddocks 
lounced that a petition backing 
Larson and the Council's action 
'. been circulated among delegates 
of whom signed. Attendance of 
three-day assembly was 500 at 


terkeley, California (EP) — The 
stees of Berkeley Baptist Divin- 
School has announced plans to 
ve its campus from south of the 
iversity of California to the sem- 
ry cluster to the north, 
'he new property is in the midst 
a nine-seminary complex, schools 
ticipating in the Graduate Theo- 
ical Union. Utilization of the new 
iperty will be discussed with other 
;iinaries. Joint ventures are antici- 

'he Berkeley Baptist Divinity 
tool, founded 98 years ago in Oak- 
d, was moved to its present site 
1905. In 1953, an administration 
Iding, a library and a chapel were 
led. In 1958-60 a new dining 
ility, an educational unit and 
dent housing areas were added 
a cost of $3.5 mUlion. 


:.ittle Bock (EP)— Delegates to 
: Arkansas Constitutional Conven- 
n eliminated the name "God" 
im a freedom to worship amend- 
■nt and adopted this language: 
U men have a natural right to 
rship according to the dictates of 
!ir consciences." 
^n amendment that failed to win 

sufficient support would have lim- 
ited freedom to worship under the 
state constitution to the worship 
of "God." 

Despite considerable questioning, 
it was never clearly established 
whether the word "God" was to be 

interpreted broadly or narrowly. A 
number of delegates argued that the 
freedom to worship should extend 
to whatever deity a person's con- 
science chose. 


Sumter, S.C. (EP)— The First 
Presbyterian church of Sumter has 
abolished its segregation policy. 

Dr. Cliff H. McLeod, pastor, an- 
nounced the policy to change to the 
congregation at a worship service. 
The church's session, governing 
body, has revised the policy so that 
"any person who presents himself 
in an orderly fashion will be allowed 
to attend the service." 

The church had been involved in 
repeated racial encounters in recent 
months. Two black students from 
Morris College were arrested in 
early January when they attempted 
to enter the church. 

Dr. McLeod, in announcing the 
change, defined "service" as cover- 
ing the "preaching services" on Sun- 
day morning and evening and the 
mid-week prayer service. 

He said the change is in keeping 
with general policy of the Presby- 
terian Church in the U.S. (South- 
em), that "no one shall be excluded 
from participation in a worship on 
grounds of race." 


Athens (EP) — "Not even a plane 
crash could interfere with God's 
wlU," a Protestemt clergyman said 
here after receiving a letter saved 
from the burning wreckage of a 
commercial airliner. 

Last December 8, an Olympic Air- 
ways plane crashed outside Athens 
an burned intensely. Ninety-one per- 
sons died in the fire. 

Among the very few things sur- 
viving the holocaust was a letter 
from a young soldier in Crete, one 
Alex Barbouni, requesting one of 
the free New Testaments advertised 
by the American Mission to the 
Greeks, whose headquarters is in 

When the letter was delivered, 
finally, the Rev. Spiros Zodhiates, 
president of the mission, remarked, 
"Apparently God wanted this young 
man to receive a New Testament, 
and not even a plane crash could 
interfere with His Will." 

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Page Three 




RASTER never changes. In fact, the message of 
— ' Easter never changes ! The resurrection of 
esus Christ is the heai-t of the message of Easter 
-this resuiTection is to be preached throughout 
lie world. This is a part of the Gospel which has 
een given to us to give to the world, but how we 
ave muffled the glad sounds of Easter with our 
wn desires and importance. 

Instead of the true sound of the resurrection of 
ur Lord we hear sounds of tlie social gospel: the 
ver present sounds of change; the sounds of 
nothing is relevant"; and the list could become 
luch longer. 

Therefore, let us refresh our minds of the real 
neaning of this Easter by going to the Scripture, 
''rom "Good News for Modern Man" we read in 
he sixteenth chapter of Mark the following: 

"After the Sabbath day was over, Mary Magda- 
ine, Mary the mother of James, and Salome 
ought spices to go and anoint the body of Jesus, 
/'ei-y early on Sunday morning, at sunrise, they 

went to the grave. On the way they said to one 
another, 'Who will roll away the stone from the 
entrance to the grave for us?' (It was a very large 
stone.) They looked up and saw that the stone 
had already been rolled back. So they entei'ed the 
grave, where they saw a young man, sitting at 
the right, who wore a white robe — and they were 
filled with alami. 'Don't be alaiTned,' he said. 'You 
are looking for Jesus of Nazai'eth, who was nailed 
to the cross. But he is not here — he has risen! 
Look, here is the place where they laid him. Now 
go and give this message to his disciples including 
Peter: "He is going to Galilee aliead of you; there 
you will see him, just as he told you." ' So they 
went out and ran from the gi'ave, because fear 
and terror were upon them. And they said nothing 
to anyone, because they were afraid." 

The message is: "He is risen." 

The proof is the empty tomb. 

The responsibility is ours to preach 
this piece of good news. 

Let's get busy! 

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a statement from the 

Fellow Brethren: 

The World Relief mate7-ials in this issue tell a dual sto 
— (1) What IV e are doing for World Relief, and {2) 
What the World Relief Commission of NAE does with 
ivhat we give them to help those in need around the tvorld. 
What we are doing, as individuals and congregatio' 
includes sewing, worship services, prayer, soup and rice 
suppers, films, increased giving, and other activities 
you ivill discover as you read and see the pages ahead. 

What WRC does with what we give is graphically 
portrayed through Mrs. Graffam's article and the many 
WRC pictures on these pages. 

There is yet a third dimension. One not specifically 
defined or pictured, yet evident throughout — the needs 
that still exist. Our eyes and ears and minds and hearts ha 
been opened. The ache in the bodies and souls of people 
around the ivorld bothers tis, and we know ive've just 
scratched the surface of our potential. 

May our sense of accomplishment, plus our knowledg 
of tvhat can yet be done challenge us to even greater respot 
this Spring and Summer. 

Phil Lersch, chairman 
Peace and World 

Relief Committee 
Mrs. John Porte 
Mrs. Ray Summy 
Glenn Shank 
George Kerlin 

Biafran children being fed in Januaiy, 1970, at 
one of the five WRC feeding stations. 

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Page Five 

"Don't go near the chicken coop!" 
3 Vietnamese fanner's wife warned 
Itn Keef er, assistant to the Rev. 
ehai'd Pendell, World Rehef 
mmission director for South 
et Nam. The chicken coop was 
;aited on the WRC Christian 
icational Training Center fann five 
les soutliwest of Hue. The farm 
d been taken over by the Viet 
■ng during the infamous Tet 
fensive in 1968. 

Two months after Tet, the farmer 
ged Ken to return to tlie fami, 
t the man's wife was apprehensive, 
le fanner told Ken there was 
danger, but his wife seemed to 
Qse that hann would come to the 
ssionaiy. Just an hour before 
iefer arrived, she had seen VC 
the bunker built in the coop. 
>st likely the VC had gone because 
ey usually hid during daylight 
urs, but Keefer wasn't going 
take any chances. He'd return on 
other day. He just had to — 
cause the people of the ai-ea 
sperately needed the training fann 
ogram back in full operation. 
Ken was no stranger to the danger 
VC activity. For nine days he and 
i. other young American WRC 
rsonnel had been confined 
a basement bunker in the 
RC office building on the main 
ad into the city of Hue. The war 
arled angrily ai'ound them. Very 
w other American civilians 
mved, and surely the VC must 
,ve known the seven were there — 
th American-made vehicles pai'ked 
tside. Yet they ignored the place, 
the midst of devastation and 
ath, but in the will of God, these 
'ung people were kept secure until 
scued by the U.S. Mai-ines. As 
iTy Sandoz, one of the young 
an, said: "Now I really believe 
mu-acles !" 

Following evacuation and a brief 
st and recuperation, several WRC 
aff members were convinced that 
eir service for the people of 
■et Nam required their return to 
Ip the people they had learned to 







Lillian Graffam is the wife of Dr, Everett S. 
Graffam, executive vice-president of the World 
Relief Commission. She AXTites much of the pub- 
Ucity materials for WRC and, in addition to house- 
hold tasks, handles many details of the WRC 
Pennsylvania office in their home. 

Here Mrs. Graffam describes what money given 
through the Brethren Peace and World Relief 
Committee is helping to do in Viet Nam. 

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The Brethren Evang'ell 

love. Even with sections of Hue 
still not secure, they returned 
to continue to minister with food, 
clothing, blankets, aiid medicine to 
the desperately needy residents of tihe 
bombarded city. They, along with 
their volunteer helpers and "work 
for food" people, began immediately 
as soon as they were allowed back 
into Hue to help clear up debris 
caused by the battle. 

While it has helped in many 
different areas of sei'vice, such as 
relief and feeding programs around 
the world, the major project of the 
World Relief Commission in Viet 
Nam has been this refugee farm 
and vocational training program neai' 
the city of Hue. 

Industrious food-for-work team receives hods 
cement on a second floor. 

Ban-Me-Thout, Vietnam. Mrs. Cung and nurse Mildred Ade at 
Leprosarium where six missionaries were killed during Tet, 
1968, displaying garments made by NAE Women's Fellowship 
and transported by WRC. 

Prior to the Tet offensive, the 
team of workers had been centered c 
the 30-acre farni which sei"ved 
as a school center for training in 
metalwork, caiiDentiy, cinder block , 
making and animal husbandly 
on how more efficiently to produce 
better chickens, pigs, and cows. It 
also trained the people in the use ot 
modern tyi^es of fertilization and 
growing techniques. Women membei: 
of the WEC team worked mainly 
with Vietnamese mothers, teaching ; 
nutrition, health, and child care. 

The Training Center was developei 
to minister to refugees living in 
five camps sun-ounding the 
compound. This sturdy outpost 
of Christian compassion to war-^weai 

ch 28, 1970 

Page Seven 


me is where you make it ! WRC supplies clothing and blankets for Viet- 
nese children hke these. 

people, stai'ted in 1961, has grown 
in size, sei^vice, and Christian 
outreach until one U.S. AID officer 
proclaimed tliat it was "the most 
successful project in Viet Naim!" 

The 35-full-time Vietnamese and 
seven Americans in this Peace 
Corps-type center aim ait training 
nationals to sei^ve their own people. 
The center appeals to the dignity of 
man, national pride, and moral, 
and spiritual values. Its program 
has been very successful both in 
helping the people help themselves 
and in winning Vietnainese to Christ. 

Short-term courses in cooking, 
sewing, foundi-y-blacksmithing, 
sheet metal skills, caii^entry, 
agriculture methods, and hygiene 
have brought many amazing results 
in neai'by refuge villages. 

Since its inception, over 4,000 
have been trained in the center. 
The agriculture program has been 
effective in promoting better ways 
of fertilization, pig and chicken 
raising, and proper seed planting 
techniques. Production on refugee 
farms has increased considerably. 

To most of the students this is the 
first opportunity for any type of 
education, and when once they 
are motivated to learn, they ai-e 
especially gratified when they see 
even small success. 

Chris Kimmel, agricultural 
engineer, tells of one morning when 
the relative calm was shattered by the 
e.xcited shouting of Vietnamese 
working in the field. The teachers 
dropped what they were doing and 
rushed to the spot, fearing an enemy 
attack. When they got there they 
saw the students smiling and pointing 
at the gi'ound. There, sprouting 
through the dark, well-tilled soil 
was the first green leaf of a 
watermelon plant.' 

Learning successful fanning 
methods is of the utmost importance 
to the refugees, but this is only 
one subject in a diversified and 
adaptable curriculum which 
combines literacy, academic, and 
religious subjects with vocational 
and technical skills. 

The school sei-ves over 200 students, 
many of whom earn while they 

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learn. They ai-e paid with food, 
clothing medicine. One of the 
eai-n-leam courses is the making of 
hollow cement blocks and the erection 
of new buildings. So fai' there ai'e 
seven buildings in the school 

This heavy work is not Imiited to 
the male students, however, because 
in a war economy able-bodied men 
are scarce. Women crash the 
stones, carry the sand, and even run 
the cement mixer ! They don't have 
wheelbarrows, so the women team up 
to cai'ry heavy burdens balanced 
on stretcher-like caiiiers. 

To ail of the students — those with 
aching hearts as well as aching 
backs — the invitation of Christ is 
extended to "Come to Me and 
I will give you rest — all of you who 
work so hard beneath a heavy 
yoke ... let Me teach you. . . for I 
give you only light burdens" 
(Matt. 11:28, 29 Liv.) The 
Christian life is taught in two ways 
— through Bible study and by the 
example of an evangelical staff. 
Most students accept this new life 
and gain in self-confidence and 
qualities of chai'acter. The new life, 
combined with skills acquired, equip 
them for civic and Ohristiian 

Almost immediately after a 
Vietnamese refugee tnists Christ, the 
WRC workers notice a mai'ked 
difference in that person's attitude 
toward life and toward helping fellow 
refugees. The WRC workers ai-e 
constantly thrilled at the changes 
that take place because Christ has 
entered the desperate situation 
through the lives of those who put 
complete faith in Him. 

Christian leadership is also taught 
in specialized schools for the 
development of lay leaders. Such 
classes in many locations ai'e taught 
in English, Vietnamese, aaid Chinese. 
The curriculum was developed at 
the request of the Evangelical 
Church of Viet Nam, which has 
suffered greatly at the hands of the 

VC. The unprovoked atrocities 
peiiDetrated against Christian leaders, 
especially the young men, seriously 
threaten to decimate the Vietnamese 
Protestant churches. 

The Tet offensive, which forced 
the closing of the faiTn school until 
September 1968, could be temied 
"commencement" for 500 students 
and previous students who gathered 
at the temporally in-city school and 
offered their help. They were joined 
by 1.50 university student volunteers 
of the Christian Youth Social 
Service coi-ps. The way these 
students put their faith to work was 
an inspiration to the WRC personnel. 
Every morning at 5:30 they gathered 
for prayer. Though almost half of 
them had lost their own homes 
and possessions, they ministered to 
others (about 60,000 people a week) 
by distributing food, clothing, and 
medicine ; re-constructing homes ; 
burying the dead; spraying gi'aves 
to prevent disease epidemics; giving 
shots; building sanitai-y facilities 
and furniture from scrap lumber ; and 
sewing clothing from grain sacks. 
A program of evangelism at 
eveiy distribution point won many 
adults to Christ. 

The Viet Nam Ministi-y of Welfare 
praised the evangelical youth and 
WRC for their loving sei"vice to the 
people. The progi'am became an 
example for observation by visiting 
groups and officials as to how the 
needs of the peoijle could be met. 
The U.S. Office of Wai- on Hunger 
wrote: "Our thanks for your splendid 
cooperation and perfonnance 
under the most extraordinaiy 

Whether under extraordinary or 
ordinary circumstances, WRC sei-ves 
these crushed and 'burdened people 
with heai^tfelt compassion, bringing 
them hope for the here and the 
hereafter ! 

(Reprinted from Power for 
Living. Used by pennission. 
Coijyiight 1969 Scripture 
Press Publications.) 

iarch 28, 1970 

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t Works! 

at General Conference 
and in the Local Church 

■SPECIAL Worship Services and Soup or Rice Suppers 
J for World Relief are excellent means of arousing 
meral interest and increasing offerings and involve- 
ent. For example: 


For four years at General Conference tickets have 
»n sold for either a Rice Supper or Soup Supper for 
^orld Relief. Participants understand that less than 
ilf of their $1.50 pays for the food they will eat and 
le remainder goes directly for World Relief. In these 
mr years the average attendance has been 206, with 
1 average of $222 being raised each year. This amount, 
jviously, represents several outright gifts by those 
ho cannot attend the supper. 

A non-Brethren young peoples' conference on the 
%st coast sold tickets to a dress-up banquet for $2.00, 
!rving only a meager menu and donating the rest to 
le World Relief Commission. 

Receiving- their "vittles" at the 1969 General Conference Soup 
Supper, identifiable (from front to back) aie: Rev. Spencer 
Gentle, Mrs. Glessner, Mi-. Abe Glessner and Mrs. William Cole. 

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Mrs. C. William Cole reports a special Worship Ser- 
vice for World Relief. The display on the worship cen- 
ter was a basket full of httle plastic medicine bottles 
filled with rice, tipped so the audience could see it 
clearly. Behind was the world globe, with candles on 
each side. The program theme, "That the World May 
Know," was taped on the globe. The message centered 
on the needs of hungry people, Christ's compassion, 
etc. "Many people would be happy to have the contents 
of what is in the bottle for a meal, yet we are often so 

Each attender was encouraged to take home one of the 
bottles of rice, placing it in a conspicuous spot to remind 
them of their blessings. The results were gratifying. 
Everyone took one; some asked for more so they could 
give this as a little object lesson to someone they know. 
(I thank Mrs. Cole for giving me a bottle of rice, which 
sits on my desk as a reminder. P.L.) 


Mrs. John Porte reports a Soup and Rice Dinner at 
her church in March, 1969. Special announcements 
appeared in the church bulletin and mailed newsletters 
for three weeks prior to the event. Here is a good 

to share in a special morning of worship on 
March 23rd, as we explore the needs of millions 
of people across the world and some of the 
things that we can do to reduce that need. Mem- 
bers of the Missionary Committee wUl be shar- 
ing in the service, and the pastor will preach 
a short message in keeping with the theme of 
the day. A Soup and Rice Dinner will be served 
after the morning worship service. Reservation 
tickets are free to anyone, but an offering will 
be taken after dinner, the proceeds of which 

will be used to share our abundance with those 
who have nothing. Soup and Rice are a far cry 
from Sirloin Steak, it is true, but they are 
nourishing and will keep a person alive. Millions 
of people of the world are thankful to receive 
just one such meal a day. Will you make it 
possible for someone to eat — just once — through 
the Soup and Rice Dinner held on Sunday, 
Mctrch 23? A short program will follow the fel- 
lowship dinner, as we view together the excel- 
lent filmstrip provided by the NAE World 
ReUef Commission. It is entitied, 'AS UNTO 

These remarks show that advance publicity was v 
planned, also using pictures on the front bulletin bos 
The menu consisted of clear soup (with very J| 
vegetables in it), a rice and beef casserole (beef frj 
the soup stock), crackers, celery and carrot sticks, ;■ 
coffee. The W.M.S. groups had a display of their s! 
ing and leprosy kits, and World Relief brochures w] 
on the tables for everyone to read. The fact that tl! 
more than doubled their World Relief Offering ]( 
year showed the success of the program. 

Complete details of this worship-dinner combinat 
were sent to all pastors and extra copies will be av 
able at General Conference this year. 

Following the "banquet" of soup and beverage at Gene 
Conference, several attenders informally view a Wo 
Relief film. j 

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JETAILED explanations appear on other pages 
of the special World Relief activities at Ard- 
)re and South Bend, Indiana, and Ashland (Pai'k 
reet) , Ohio. In addition ai-e these exceipts from 
me letters describing World Relief emphasis in 
few other Brethren Churches. 

INDING WATERS (Elkhart, Indiana) 

We support the World Relief offering- in our 
dget and in the past have designated some Sun- 
,ys as "World Relief Sunday." It was recom- 
jnded to the families to have a World Relief 
nner at their home, consisting of very simple 
od — like rice, soup, etc. Then they were to con- 
ibute a small offei'ing which they would have 
ent on food for the regular meal. The purpose 
is not only to raise an offering, but to try to 
volve our families in identification with the 
any people around the world who must eat veiy 
nply or not at all. 

John Brownsberger, pastor 


About three yeai-s ago we showed our congre- 
ition a filmstrip about WRC, which was a lead- 
g factor in placing World Relief in our church 
idget. Next yeai' we hope to increase the amount, 
0. Our W.M.S. No. 1 has been making baby 
>thing and blankets for the World Relief Com- 
ission. During Maith is a showing of the WRC 
m, "War Without Guns." Following the evening 
I'vice, the senior youth are invited to the pai'son- 
:e to discuss the film and the possibility of serv- 
g in 1-W sei-vice through the World Relief 
)mmission of NAE. 

Herbert Gilmer, pastor 


Although we've had no unusual emphasis, our 

iople feel that they gave as individuals desiring 

share their substance with those in need. This 

a meaningful way to identify with the needy of 

le world. Also, I try to use the pulpit to stress 

le social implications of the church's ministry 

today's world. 

Joe Hanna, pastor 

RETNA ( Belief ontaine, Ohio) 

Being a rural church would seem to make it 
'fficult for us to face up to some of the problems 
' the day. Our very location hamjiers making a 
eaningful contribution to these problems other 
■an keeping inforaied and looking for avenues of 
mce. Participation in the World Relief Program, 
lerefore, gives us a meaningful outlet in our 


. ... in the Local Church 

Food-for-work cre\\ on a civic improvement proj- 
ect in Chili, directed by WRC. 

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desire as Christians to help alleviate the suffering- 
of the world. 

Our W.M.S. ladies have been sewing for World 
Relief and our County Welfare Department. They 
also send bandages to World Relief. In addition to 
these two organized methods, we look forward to 
the World Relief Offering as a specific way to 
express our Christian concern and love. 

Ron Waters, pastor 


Before we got the item of World Relief into our 
unified budget we encouraged a couple of our adult 
classes to contribute and we also had a few people 
who were especially concerned aibout this aspect 
of human need and who g-ave their designated g-ifts 
through the church. Eventually we were able to 
place World Relief in the budg-et and by success- 
fully enlisting our people to support the program 
which represented the Lord's work and which was 
translated into dollars in the budget, we have 
been able to do a little more for relief. Theoreti- 

cally, we hope to increase this item ))y a perce| 
age each year. 

On the bulletin boai-ds, we put pictures, poste 
and statements or slogans which sug-g:est the 1' 
man need for food, clothing and medicine in ma; 
areas of the world. I honestly believe that the ei 
phasis of our own nation on the need to meet c : 
own poverty problem has made our people mii 
aware of the need in this dimension of life toda, | 

Our program to help support the City Miss.! 
here in Dayton, I believe, has created a greai 
concern about providing food for needy peoil 
Each Fall our people are encouraged to bi-i, 
canned and boxed food to be used at the C 
J.Iission. Our youth go out into our neig^hborht 
and ask the residents to give food for this wort 
cause. We receive from 'two to three hund] 
boxes, bags, and cans, including such things 
sugar, flour and coffee. In this relationship a 
effort we are learning that the City Mission rigi] 
fully deals with the whole man, giving the "W( 
of Life" for his soul and the "staff of life" for [ 

Clayton Berkshire, pastor 

.-.^. ?'■' 


Did you help warm this child with this WRC blanket? 

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Page Thirteen 

5o You Want to Sew 

. ... for World Relief? 

AST FALL, for the second straight year, the World 
J Relief Committee sent a mailing to each W.M.S 
jsident containing detailed information about sewing 
■ World Relief. Several societies are working diligent- 
—expressing their concern for the world's needy in 
igible ways. 

rhe pictures on this page are just samples of what 
my are doing. 

Literature is available for making: 
Crocheted Head Piece 
Rolling Bandages 
Knitting Bandages 
Bundles for Leprosy Patients 
Sewing Kits 

Plastic Container for Sewing Kit 

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Writing Pads 

Babies' dresses, sacques, nighties, booties, 

kimonos, diapers, receiving blanl^ets 
Girls' jumpers, blouses, nightgowns, slips, 

panties, scarves 
Boys' shirts, pajamas, slacks, shorts, scarves 
Mens' and Womens' clothes 
Bedside bags 
Many other articles. 

Undoubtedly your W.M.S. president received this in- 
formation. But if not, please write to: Mrs. Ray 
Summy, 502 Sandusky Street, Ashland, Ohio 44805. All 
of these projects help W.M.S. groups to meet Goal No. 
8 of the National Goals for W.M.S. (15 hours of sew- 
ing). More than that — you will help make the difference 
between life and death for those in need of warmth 
emd Cliristian concern. 

Some other Women's Missionarj' Societies will be 
interested in this report of what the ladles of the Park 
Street Church in Ashland made and shipped overseas 
from September, 1968 to May, 1969. 

Dr. Everett Giaffam visit.s with a child victim of 
the war who has been helped through extensive 
surgery at the WRC-operated Hoa Khanh Chil- 
dren's Hospital in Vietnam. 

The Brethren Evangelij 


2 shorts 

1 skirt 

3 slacks 

4 shorts 
2 blouses 

75 pounds from 


13 shirts 
5 pants 
1 vest 

W.M.S. & S.M.M 



14 robes 

37 hospital gowns 

2 bibs 

13 large comforts 

3 booties 

8 small comforts 


5 lap robes 

27 dresses 

7 knit vests 

25 blouses 

3 tote bags 

17 skirts 

14 neck scarves 

2 jumpers 

13 knit mittens 

3 vests 

2 stuffed toys 



1966 — 65 

1967 — 127 

1968 — 143 

1969 — 279 

Mrs. Charles Munson, chm. 

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For the Mathematically-Minded 

ITEREST in World Relief needs, and participation 
n meeting those pressing needs continue to increase 
our churches. Reports of sewing groups, special pro- 
ams, and conference events appear elsewhere in this 
ue. Here is a brief analysis of the financial growth 
ind increase in number of churches cooperating — 
ice the fund was estabUshed four years ago. 
rhese figures are based on the July to June, General 
nference fiscal year: 


39-70 (to date) 








$ 1,564 

St year at this time {from July to February in the 
cal year) only 13 churches had contributed $1,228 to 
Drld Relief. Notice these figures are increased to 

churches giving $1,673 to date. This seems to indi- 
te that more churches are including World Relief in 
sir unified budgets and dispersing the funds on a 
arterly basis — even prior to the special denomina- 
n-wide emphasis in the spring of each year, 
rhe increased involvement in most districts, especially 
3 larger ones of Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania, also 
monstrates growing concern and compassion by Breth- 
n people for the millions around the world who have 

little. For purposes of including an entire year in 
3 report, these figures are from February to February. 































)llowing is a listing of those 70 churches who have 
ven to World Relief through the Brethren World 
!lief Committee between February, 1969, and Feb- 
ry, 1970: 
Southeast District 






St. James 


Pennsylvania District 


Brush Valley 


Johnstown II 

Joiinstown III 

Jones Mills 




Mt. Olivet 





Wayne Heights 
Ohio District 


Ashland (Gaxber) 

Ashland (Park Street) 








New Lebanon 

North Georgetown 

Pleasant Hill 


West Alexandria 
Indiana District 




College Corner 


County Line 










New Paris 



South Bend 




Winding Waters 

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Central District 

Cedar FaUs 



Midwest District 

Fort Scott 


California District 

Southwest District 



St. Petersburg 

These signs of growth and increasing concern a 
pleasant to report. The committee "salutes" you; b 
the thousands with a little more food and clothing a 
medicine and understanding of the Gospel — they gra 
fully "thank" you. 

"The sky's the limit" applies to some situations. E 
in the realm of World Relief "God's love in hum I 
hearts and the needs of our fellow-residents on tl 
planet" are the only limits we can accept. Brethr 
Christians are headed in the correct direction, but t 
greater good yet possible is beyond the horizon. \ 
shall travel toward it together! 

Phil Lersch, chairman 
George Kerlin, treasurer 
Peace and World Relief Comnj 



April 14-16, 1970 

Ashland Theological Seminary 

Ashland, Ohio 

Theme: "Anoirrl-ec! -l-o Proclaim through Groups ai Work" 

Registration: Fee — $5.00 

Place — Seminary Lobby 


Tuesday Afternoon — April 14 

1:00 Devotions Seminary Student 

1:15 Rev. Paul Everett presenting lecture and 

Workshop No. 1 
2:15 Quiet Time — to meditate on thought questions 

by speaker 
2:30 Talk-it-over Groups (Refreshments in each 

3:15 Lay presentation from the Pittsburgh 

Experiment Lecture and Workshop No. 2 

Tuesday Evening 

6:30 Seminary Banquet 

Seminary will provide speaker 

Wednesday Morning — April 15 

9:00 Devotions Seminary Student 

9:15 Pittsburgh Experiment Presentation No. 3 

10:00 Silent Meditation 

10:30 Talk-it-over Groups (Refreshments in each 

Wednesday Afternoon 

1:30 Devotions 

1:45 Panel made up of those from the Pittsburgh 
Experiment, our Pastors and Laymen. 
Moderated by Dr. Alderfer 

2:45 Fellowship Time 

3:15 Brethren Laymen Speak 

4:15 Talk-it-over Groups 

Wednesday Evening 

7:00 An informal light meal at Park Street Churc 
7:45 Presentation — Hospitalization Improvement 

8:15 Pittsburgh Experiment Presentation No. 4 
Followed by informal discussion at each 

table, closing by 9:30 

Thursday Morning — April 16 

9:00 Devotional Period 

9:15 *Paper No. 1 Rev. Henry Bat 

9:45 Fellowship Break 

10:00 *Paper No. 2 Rev. Jerry Floi 

10:30 Discussion 

11:00 Committee Reports and 1971 Conference 

11:30 Closing Inspiration 

* (Papers concerning "The Marriage of Divorced 

irch 28, 1970 

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Devotional Program for April 

II to Worship 
ng Service 
-cle of Prayer 

ale Studies: 

Senior: What does the Bible say about , 

Junior: "The Bible — Our Guidebook" 

Discussion Questions: 

Seniors: Discussion over chosen book 

Special Music 


"Spirit of Sisterhood" 

S.M.M. Benediction 




)UR GUIDEBOOK, THE BIBLE, has several things 
to say about the act of obedience. I think, then, 
at we should take a look at these for guides to show 

how and when we should obey. Think for a minute, 
lat does it mean to be obedient? To me it means 
ing something that you are told to do without back- 
Iking or making trouble. It means to do the best you 
n at what you have to do without making a big deal 
,t of why. Let me quickly say, I think that it is im- 
rtant that you understand the reasons why you are 
ked to do certain things but that is with talking it 
er not arguing it out. 

One of the best examples of obedience we have in 
young life described in our Guidebook is the story 

Samuel. Turn in your Bible to the Book of I Samuel 
id read with me as we learn a bit about Samuel. His 
other went to the temple to pray for a baby son. She 
omised God that if He would remember her she would 
ve Him back that son to sei-ve Him in the Lord's 
luse (1:11). When she did have a son she named him 
imuel because she had especially asked for him (1:201. 
len when she felt Samuel was old enough she took 
m with her to the temple and brought him to Eli. At 
is time she said a prayer dedicating her young son to 
3d. She kept the promise she had made to God and 
? can be sure He was pleased (1:26-28). 
Samuel then lived in the temple and served the priests 
ere in many ways. He may have been responsible for 

polishing much of the silver and gold that was offered 
to God, or possibly he kept watch over the many burn- 
ing candles and replaced them. We don't really know 
what he was doing, but we can imagine that there were 
probably times when he got very lonely. He only saw 
his family once a year which would be very hard, but 
he also knew that he was dedicated to God (2:19). I am 
sure that he was very happy doing what pleased God 
and receiving blessings of strength and peace of mind 
for being so obedient to that dedication. 

We read that Samuel was a good boy and pleasing 
to both the people that were around him and to God 
(2:26). Other Scriptures tell us that Eli was unhappy 
with his own sons and especially pleased with the love 
and devotion Samuel showed him. 

You are probably familiar with the story we find 
in chapter 3:1-10. On one particular night just after 
Samuel had gone to bed he heard a voice calling his 
name. He immediately was obedient and ran to Eli 
thinking that he needed him for something. Verse 2 
tells us that Eli was going blind and probably Eli had 
called him many times before to come lielp him in some 
way. But this time Eli sent him back to bed saying that 
he had not called. This happened three times, and then 
Eli realized what was happening and said in verse 9 
that it was the Lord calling him and he was to simply 
answer, "Speak Lord for thy servant heareth." 

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It is likely that Samuel was scared at the thought 
of the Lord speaking to him so directly, but he was 
obedient and responded as Eli had told him. The Lord 
had a message for him to prepare him for the work 
he was to do and the life he was to give to the Lord's 

Samuel has shown obedience in every aspect of his 
action here. He could have pretended he was asleep and 
not even answered Eli in the first place, but he cared 
about him and obeyed his call. Then when Eli told him 
it was the Lord he immediately did as he was told and 
listened obediently to the Lord and His message. 

There are times too, when we are called on to be 
obedient. What is your usual reaction? Are you the 
kind that puts it off till later, or argues about having 
to do it at all, or just mean to do it but forget about 
it and never get it done? The people most important in 
the role of telling us what to do are our parents. What 
does the Bible say about all of this? 

First of all the commandment tells us to honor our 
mother and father. This kind of honor I think means 
respect and love which is shown in the way you listen 
to and obey your parents as well as in the loving things 

that you do. There aure always times when we are ti 
to do something that we do not want to do or don't 1 i 
like doing at that time. These are the times when ; 
can most show love by doing it because our pare 3 
told us to and for no other reason. 

Colossians 3:20 says, "You children must always ol / 
your fathers and mothers, for that pleases the Lo: ' 
(Living Letters). So it not only pleases your parer , 
makes you feel better and keeps peace in the farr ' 
but it is, most importantly, pleasing to the Lord. 

Paul in Ephesians 6:1-3 says, "Children, obey yt ; 
parents for this is right. Honor your father and moth 
This is the first of God's Ten Commandments that ei i 
with a promise: that if you honor your father a 1 
mother, yours will be a long life, full of blessini 
(Living Letters). 

I tliink it is important that we keep these things 
mind when we tend to talk back, or we do things 
get back at our parents because they asked somethi 
of us we did not want to do. As Christians we havt 
responsibility to be obedient to parents according to t 
Guidebook that God gave us, and He also made it desf 
able because He promised us good things in return, i 



What does the Bible say about . . . 


XJATURE ABHORS a vacuum, it 
^ ^ immediately fills up again; 
good or bad. 

How about you? What do you do 
with idle hours? In this day of talk 
about a shorter work day and week, 
we will all be finding many empty 
hours to fill (and I'll admit that does 
sound enticing at this writing!). 
With what will we fill them, however? 

Empty minds pose an even 
greater peril, usually filled with 
superstition and ignorance. For 
example, "the thing" today seems 
to be following the astrologers' 
charts and reading about predictions 
of the future. 

Revelation 1:1-3: 22:18-20 

In giving these pai-ticulai' Bible 
verses for you to read, I am hoping 
you may be tempted to read all that 
is "in between" in thinking about 
"things to come." One has only to 
read this final book of the Bible to 
realize more and more the greait 
importance of filling our days, 
our minds, our lives with the 
"good nevi^s" erf Christ's salvsition 
for all who will heed. The great 
urgency is now — not tomorrow, for 
toonorrow just might be too late. 

irch 28, 1970 

Page Nineteen 

As a word of personal testimony, let 
3 add a line or two here. This past 
)nth has been one of great family 
iTow in the loss by death of 
\l husband's brother. We were 
ivileg-ed to have one week to spend 
his bedside before Bryan passed 
/ay, and in that time we realized 
at he most certainly was not an 
mpty vessel" at all, but full of hope 
d love for his Creator. His final 
)rds were "God's will be done." 

that "He is not here, but He is risen 
as He said!" 

Let's not waste any more time on 
reading "empty" horoscopes. Let's 
fill that time with reading more and 
more in God's Word. As for being 
timely and up-to-date, you won't 
find a more recent headline in any 
newspaper than you will find in some 
of the very Scripture verses listed 
in this Bible study for this month I 

Does this sound morbid to you? 
lo hope not, for it is tnily joyous, 
ow wonderful, especially at this 
aster season, to know that "He 


14:1-6; 19 

Even now the "emptiness" we feel 
our personal lives at the loss of 
ir loved one is being filled to 
'erflowing with love and hope. And, 
►n't forget, too, at this Easter 
ason just passing there is another 
mptiness," the empty tomb, 
id I say empty? Never! It was 
miediately filled by the presence of 
e angels to tell to those who came 

"I serve a risen Savior, 
He's in the world today; 
I know that He is living, 

whatever men may say ; 
I see His hand of mercy, 
I heal- His voice of cheer. 
And just the time I need Him 
He's always near. 

He lives, He lives, 

Christ Jesus lives today! 

He walks with me and talks with 

me along life's narrow way. 
He lives. He lives. 
Salvation to impart! 
You ask me how I know He lives ? 
He lives within my heart. 

— Rev. A. H. Ackley 

Christ is risen, alleluia! Christ is 
risen indeed! 


Sepulvdea , California (EP) — 
Attorney William M. Kunstler of the 
now famous ''Chicago Seven" told 
a Sunday crowd of 5,000 here March 
1 on a church lot to "make evei-y 
courthouse in the nation" a center 
for the "fight against the eternal 

Kunstler's remark elicited strong 
applause from a rain-soaked crowd 
gathered outside Sepulveda Unita- 
rian-Universalist Church. The min- 
ister had invited the radical lawyer 
simply because no other church or 

school would give him a place to air 
his views. 

The tyrants referred to specifi- 
cally were Governor Lester Maddo.x 
and Governor Ronald Reagan but 
the speaker meant also the entire 
government structure. 

"The government cannot prevail 
if the people will not permit it to 
prevail." Kunstler said. 

Several references were made by 
Kunstler and his cohort, Tom Hay- 
den, to the presence of police offi- 
cers, but the only uniformed police- 
men observed were three or four 
officers directing traffic along the 
clogged side street near the church. 

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The Brethren Evangelic 

Signal Lights Program for Apr! 
Prepared by Mrs. Alberta Holsinge 



Singing: Time: 

"This Is God's Word" 
"Jesus' Helpers" 
"Pleasing Jesus" 

(From: Beginners Sing) 

Bible Time: 

A Boy's Lmicli 

"Mother! Mother!" called a boy 
as he ran into his house. "May I 
go to see Jesus? He's over there on 
the mountainside." 

"Yes, Son," answered Motlier. Here 
are five, fresh barley cakes. I'll put 
them in this basket for your lunch." 

"May I have two small fish, 
Mother?" asked the boy. 

"That will make a good lunch 
for you," said Mother as she placed 
the fish in the basket and put on the 
cover. "Watch and hsten carefully 
so you can tell me all about Jesus 
when you come home." 

Away ran the boy with the basket 
swinging in his hand. Soon he came 
to the place where Jesus was teach- 
ing. Quietly and carefully he made 
Ills way througli the crowd until at 
last ho was very close to Jesus and 
the disciples. He sat down to watch 
and listen. 

The boy saw sick people made 
well. He saw sad people made happy. 
He saw lame people healed. And the 
stories! Never had he heard such 
wonderful stories! 

Then he heard one of the disciples 
say, "It's late afternoon, Jesus. Shall 
we send the people home to get 
something to eat?" 

"Let's give them something to 
eat," said Jesus. 

"But we can't," said Philip. "It 
would take much money to buy even 
a little food for all these people!" 

The boy tugged at Andrew's coat. 
"I have a lunch," he said. "See, here 
are five barley cakes and two fish. 
Jesus may have them." 

Andrew smiled at the boy. "I'll tell 
Jesus," he replied. 

Andrew went to Jesus. "There's 
a boy here," he told Him. "A boy 
with five barley cakes and two fish. 
He said you may have them, but 
that's not nearly enough food for 
all these people." 

"Bring the boy's lunch to me," 
said Jesus. 

The boy heard Jesus. He took his 
lunch to Him. 

"Thank You, Father. Thank You 
for this food," prayed Jesus. 

Then he broke the bread and fish 
and gave some to each of the dis- 
ciples. They passed it to tlie people. 

The boy could hardly believe his 
eyes! Again and again the men 
passed the food to the people. Again 
and again and still there was some 

When all the people had eaten all 
they wanted, Jesus said, "Pick up 
the food that is left." 

The boy watched. Twelve basket- 
ful they gathered! All that food was 
left from his five barley cakes and 
two fish — after all the people had 

He picked up his own small basket 
and ran home. 

"Mother! Mother!" he called as he 
ran into his house. "Jesus fed the 
people witli my lunch." 

Then he told his mother the whole 
wonderful story. 

— Based on: Mark 6:30-45; 
John 6:1-13 
(Note to Patroness: Have a small 
basket, five barley cakes and two 
fish to use in telling the story. The 
cakes and fish may be made of clay 
or may be pictures.) 

Memory Time: 

Acts 3:6a 

We don't always have money to 
give to God, but He is pleased when- 
ever we are willing to share what 

we have. Listen to our memory versi 
for today. (Read the verse to tb;' 
children. Pass out slips of paper witl 
the verse written on them. Practic, 
reading and saying the verse. Thei 
review previous verses.) 

Mission Time: 

Playtime in India 

What do you like to play best o 
all? What is your favorite toy? (Le 
the children talk about these things. 

Children of India like to play, tot 
The girls play with dolls and th 
boys play with cars and trucks. Th 
stores sell toys that look very mucl 
like yours. 

But most of the children do no 
have toys like yours. Their parent 
do not have the money to buy them 
They make their toys from stick:, 
and stones, pieces of cloth and paper 

The little girls love their home! 
made dolls just as much as you lovi 
your fancy doll from the store. Th(, 
boys have as much fun with thei;| 
homemade cars as you have witl^ 
yours which you buy. 

There's lots of sand in India anc 
the children play in it often. The; 
add water to it and make temple: 
and factories. 

They play hide and go seek, tan 
and many games similar to the one 
you play. 

One game all of the children liki 
to play is Pullata. Pulla means stick 
Ata means game. So it's a gami 
with a stick. 

To play Pullata you need a sticl 
about the size of a toothpick and : 
heap of sand. The one who is it hide: 
the stick in the sand when the otheri 
aren't looking. Then the others poin 
to the place in the sand where the; 
think the stick is hidden. Whoeve: 
selects the right spot gets one point 
The game continues this way untii 
someone has ten points. 

arch 28, 1970 

Page Twenty-one 

Then the person with ten points is 
ven a handful of sand with the 
tie stick in it. He is blindfolded 
id taken on a zig-zaggy walk, 
jmeplace along the way he is told 
drop the sand and the stick. 
He is led back to the starting 
tace. The blindfold is taken off. 
hen he tries to find the place where 
3 dropped the stick. If he finds it 
;'s the winner. If he doesn't he 
■ses his ten points and is out of the 

Doesn't Pullata sound like a fun 
ame? Try it sometime. 

payer Time: 

Let us thank God for our friends 
nd the good times we have with 
lem. Let us thank Him for eyes 
'lat see, ears that hear and feet that 

Let us talk with Him about ways 

we can help some of the children of 

Handwork Time: 


(Have ready a supply of odds and 
ends such as spools, pieces of cloth, 
pretty stones, small sticks, little 
boxes, string and other items from 
which toys can be made.) 

Today we are going to pretend we 
are children of India. We want some- 
thing to play with, but we have no 
money to buy a toy. What will we 

That's right. We will make our 
toys. You may choose whatever you 
need form this box of things and 
make your own toy. 

(When the children ai'e finished 
have each one show his toy and tell 
about it.) 

You may take your toy home. 

When you show it to your family 
and friends, tell them about the 
children of India. Tell them how you 
are helping these children. 

Business Time: 

1. Signal Lights' motto 

2. Roll Call 

3. Talk about our project 

4. Offering 

5. Complete plans for the party for 
your friends who do not go to 

6. Write a letter to Rev. and Mrs. 
Raymond Aspinall, Instituto Bib- 
lico Eden, Soldini, (Pica. Santa 
Fe) Argentina, South America. 
Tell them you are glad they are 
serving as our missionaries in 
Argentina. Tell them about the 
things you are doing. 

Signal Liglits' Benediction 

• READ ABOUT an old preacher 
' that got up to preach one Sunday 
lorning, and his text was taken 
rom Matthew 4 :24 : "... they 
irought unto him all sick people that 
feve taken with divers diseases. . . ." 
'he preacher said: "Now, the 
octors can scrutinize you, analyze 
ou, criticize you, and even sonietmies 
ure your ills, but when you have 
ivers disease, only the Lord can 
ure it. 

"Brethren," he said, "there is a 
eg'ulai' epidemic of divers diseases 
.mono- church members. Some dive 
or the door after Sunday school 
3 over. Some dive for the TV set 
luring the evening services, others 
iive for the car for a weekend 
rip, while others dive for more 
est during the hours of the 
Sunday morning services. Yes," 
le concluded, "it takes the Lord and 
he love for His church to cure 
livers diseases." 

Beloved, "divers diseases" ai-e all 
iround us! Our attendance records 
how that many "church members" 
lave such a disease. The facts can't 
le changed. God said, "whatever 
. man soweth, that shall he also reap." 

Let Go 

and Let God 

Sowing and Reaping 


In other words, we get out of the 
church service that which we put 
into the church service. If we put a 
desire in our hearts and into the 
church service, that desire will 
be filled. The other side of the coin 

Page Twenty-two 

says that if we put an empty heait 
into the church service, chances are 
we will leave the same way! We reap 
what we sow. 

I believe that there ai'e millions 
upon millions of Christians across 
this land, going to church Sunday 
after Sunday, and not having the 
faintest idea why they went. They 
don't really know why they go 
to church ! Yes, ask yourself. Why 
did I go to church last week? Did 
.you earnestly want to go? Did you 
get up fifteen minutes early to pray 
for the services and your involvement 
therein? These ai'e simple questions, 
but questions that need to be 
answered if we ever expect our 
Christian life to be rewarding! 

I don't believe tliere is a person 
reading this ailicle that would 
disagree that God's plan is to 
fill your life with abundant living, 
but I don't know how many readers 
can say, "Yes, my life is simply 
one blessing after another!" Why? 

How could the Bible teach, and then 
we agree, that Jesus came that we 
might have life and have it more 
abundantly and then admit that 
our life is mediocre, passable, 
satisf actoiT ? I believe Jesus came to 

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make our living exciting, dynamic, 
and full of His love, not sunply 
more beai'able! 

I wonder if it would be fair to tie 
in these questions with direct 
relation to the joy of our Christian 
life. 1. When was the last tune you 
read a book of the Bible, desiiing 
to apply that knowledge to your life 
and the lives around you? 2. When 
was the last time there were regular 
family devotions with Dad instructing 
the family in God's tnith? 
3. When was the last time you 
prayed (perhaps on your knees) for 
a solid fifteen minutes? 4. When 
was the last time God took every 
care, burden, and problem out of your 
life and replaced it with total 
assurance and peace? "We reap 
what we sow!" 

Jesus said, "without me, you can 
do nothing!" He also said that with 
Ilim, you could do all things. 
"Nothing shall be impossible unto 
you that believe!" How many hours 
of the day does God have in your 
life? The Bible is true, we reap 
what we sow ! We ai'e without excuse. 
The answers are readily available. 
All we have to do is Let Go and 
Let God! 

World Religious News 

in Review 


Salt Lake City (EP) — After 
stating on tape his reasons for wish- 
ing to do so, a handsome 19-year-old 
lad here shot himself to death. 

The parents of Craig D. Gardner 
didn't have to look far for clues. 
Their son gave his reasons on the 
tape recording. 

"You might hear about it sooner 
or later, Mom — I'm sorry, Mom, 
Dad and Bill — I'm sorry that your 

little boy has turned into an LSD 
The rambling message continued: 
"I can't think . . . can't think . . . 
can't think. Well, about all I have 
to say is — actually, the real reason 
is that I really don't know. . . . I'll 
tell you one thing, Dave (his room- 
mate who found the tape) and any- 
one else who's listening, you can 
really get messed up on that stuff." 
Craig was clear enough on the 
reason he felt he had to kill himself: 

"It's bad news — it really is. 
didn't think it was when I was fi 
taking it, but I've been gett 
pretty stoned lately, and you j 
don't know what's real and wi 
isn't real. You really don't. 

"All I can say is, I had to find i 
myself — kind of a poor e.xcuse, j 
know — but I really shouldn't h< 
taken any dope at all — any a 
(LSD) —and I shouldn't really h; 
started off with any grass. 

"Marijuana, either. Of coui 
grass isn't bad — after you take 
much of that stuff, you just rea-j 
don't know where you're at sor 

"I mean, I don't think I am, 1 
what I've heard is that a person w 
think's he's insane ... or someth: 
would never admit it to himself. 

"I had enough problems of : 

arch 28, 1970 

Page Twenty-three 

vn without even taking LSD to 
•ep my mind bent. Well, actually 
hat acid does Is it intensifies every- 
ing to a great extent. This prob- 
ily is what it did to me. . . . 
"All I know is I'm going to be in 
le hell of a fix when I have to face 
Le Big Man up in heaven. I'm not 
tying that with disrespect for the 
ig Man. I'm just saying it because 
felt like saying it. And it says in 
;e Bible that he who kills himself 
ill not be resurrected. Well, this 
the great punishment that I'm 
?stowing on myself, not only physi- 
iUy, but, for what I've read, I'm 
sing to be suffering eternally for 

"I have thought it over many 
mes and there really isn't anything 
I live for. I don't think there is. 
nd I really don't think anyone 
)uld convince me that there is — 
Dt me, anyways. 

In releasing the tape to the 
ssociated Press the parents said 
ley hoped it would help somebody 
.se in the same kind of trouble or 
eaded for it. 


New York (EP) — There is no 
verwhelming reason why men leave 
le ministry, but the movement of 
rdained men away from it is "a 
ersistent low-grade infection" if not 

"runaway epidemic." 

So states the results of a survey 
inducted by the United Church 
Tess for the United Church of 

Writers Gerald J. Jud, Edgard W. 
lills Jr., and Mrs. Hobart Burch 
sed the term "ex-pastors" rather 
lan "clergy dropouts" in the study 
f responses from 241 United Church 
£ Christ clergymen who had left 
le formal ministry. 

Some ex-pastors found the ma- 
Wnery too slow and too cumber- 
ome; instead of waiting for a new 
ulpit, they went into secular em- 

The authors estimate that the 
5tal number of ex-pastors is only 
lightly more than one per cent of 
he U.C.C. clergy for the year 1968. 


Washington, D.C. (EP) — The 
.rctic Institute of North America 
as agreed to help remove tons of 
-e covering an object on Mount 

Ararat which some believe to be re- 
mains of Noah's Ark. 

Dr. Melvin G. Marcus of the 
geography department of the Univer- 
sity of Michigan has been asked 
by the institute to serve as chief 
scientist of an excavation team that 
will begin work this summer. 

Scientists are far from sure that 
Noah's Ark has been located, but 
they are interested in the wooden 
object buried beneath a glacier on 
the peak in Eastern Turkey. 

Explorers have long searched for 
the Ark, which according to Genesis, 
came to rest "on the mountains of 
Ararat." Two major questions of the 
scientists are whether the modern 
Mount Ararat is the same as the 
range mentioned in the Bible and 
whether the story of Noah and his 
Ark is literal history. 


BIooniingi:on, Minn. (EP) — "Proj- 
ect Prayer," a nationwide campaign 
led by Bloomington Jaycees to se- 
cure voluntary, nondenominational 
prayers in public schools, encoun- 
tered strong opposition from the 
Minnesota Civil Liberties Union 
(MCLU) in a debate here. 

Jaycee president Ron Swaggers 
and project chairman Robert Laden 
discussed the project which has col- 
lected 350,000 signatures before 70 
students at a Junior High school. 

Lynn Castner, executive director, 
and Howard Kaibel, board member 
of the civil liberties agency, said 
that even a voluntary prayer con- 
tains an element of compulsion. 

"It is obvious that official sanction 
would establish a strong pattern 
of acceptability and that pressure — 
for other students or just from the 
state giving importance to some- 
thing it has no business in — would 
invade the privacy of belief that is 
essential to genuine religious free- 
dom," Mr. Castner said. 

Mr. Laden said the Jaycees agree 
with many of the U.S. Supreme 
Court's decisions in the area of 
prayer in public schools, but asked, 
"What's wrong with silent or non- 
denominational prayer?" 

He said that a pubhc school in 
North Carolina has a room set aside 
for children who may WEint to pray. 
"If only those kids who wanted to 
participate voluntarily came, should 
that be considered unconstitutional?" 
Mr. Laden asked. 

Mr. Kaibel replied that "to allow 
nonsectarian prayers would be to 
compel persons to frequent a place 
where religious observance takes 
place, even though they might ex- 
cuse themselves, thereby effectively 
establishing and officially recogniz- 
ing some kind of civil nondenomin- 
ationalism as state religion." 


Houston (EP) — A regional pres- 
byterian, U.S. (Southern) Church 
here will take legal action to oust 
a number of Mexican-Americans who 
have occupied one of the presby- 
tery's churches for two weeks. 

The church, Christ Presbyterian, 
affiliated with the Brazos Presby- 
tery, was vacant since last Septem- 
ber after its largely non-Latin con- 
gregation voted to dissolve because, 
in the words of its pastor, the Rev. 
James McLeod, "there was no real 
desh-e (by the congregation) to work 
with the Mexican-American com- 
munity surrounding the church." 

On February 15, Chicano groups, 
including Mayo (Mexican-American 
Youth Organization) personnel, took 
over the vacant church, claiming 
that promises by the Brazos Pres- 
bytery to make the church a com- 
mtmity center had not been fulfilled. 


Boston (EP) — Suffolk County 
Court Judge Paul V. Rutledge took 
under advisement a request of the 
Massachusetts Commissioner of Ed- 
ucation who is seeking a permanent 
injunction against a program of vol- 
untary prayers in the Leyden, Mass- 
sachusetts public school. 

Assistant Attorney General Wil- 
liam E. Searson filed the request on 
behalf of Education Commissioner 
Neil V. Sullivan. 

He held that the Leyden prayers 
were designed to "advance religion" 
in violation of the first amendment 
of the U.S. Constitution. 

Ralph Sullivan, counsel for the 
Leyden school committee, contended 
that the prayers did not benefit re- 
ligion as such "but rather benefited 
the cliildren." 

He noted that a clause of the first 
amendment outlawed government 
interference with the "free exercise" 
of religion. 

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James E. Norris 

Program for Ap 



Lesson: Luke 4:16-32; Isaiah 5:16-23 


These are times when the Bible needs to be a part 
of our daily lives. This was always the case, but the 
impact of new doctrines and new concepts of living 
malie it imperative that we as Brethren know and live 
what we believe. The above reference to new concepts 
should be rightly interpreted as the work of Satan. The 
trend of society today is like it was at the time of the 
last of the judges when, "Every man did that which was 
right in his own eyes" (Judges 21:25). We have had a 
lesson on "Faith," one on "Searching the Scriptures," 
"Law and Grace." We want to elaborate on these as we 
take up our Scripture tonight. 

Jesus professed to be a Teacher sent from God. He 
announced from the first that He was to give His life 
for the salvation of the world. ". . . If God were your 
Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and 
came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent 
me" (John 8:42). In proof of His mission He performed 
many miraculous works and was able to tell men what 
they were thinking about. Because of this. He was a 
mystery to His friends, and no one could understand 
His activities as the result of natural impulses. He 
practiced self denial, and His private life was blameless. 
Soon after His baptism by John He went into the wild- 

erness, being tempted of the Devil forty days. When 
entered Galilee, His fame was already great for 
taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all" (Lu 

Topics for discussion: 

1. Witness wliere you were brouglit up. | 

Read Luke 4:16-18. Prepare a short discussion on thi 
Keep in mind "The Bible Speaks To Us Today." N( 
how He was brought up and where He was broui 
up. He went to church; He read God's Word; He int 
preted God's Word; He preached it and lived it. He w 
the Great Physician. What does "liberty to the c; 
lives" mean? What happened when He closed the Boo 

2. The Lord is glorified in judgment (Isaiali 5:16). 

The Lord's judgment is Holy, pure, correct, unerri 
and full of love. Salvation is free. Are there degrees 
punishment in hell? Are there degrees of reward 

3. Calling evil good and good evil (Isaiah 5:20). 
Read this verse and discuss in the light of todaj 

new morality. This was written over 700 years B.C. 

4. How does the Bible speak to us today? 

Read Isaiah 5:21-23. What is the meaning of wa 
Summarize for conclusion. 

jch 28, 1970 

Pagre Twenty-five 


"•HE HOSTETLERS graciously acknowledged 
the wealth of items sent to Lost Creek after 
e fLre disaster in December and ti-ust they have 
't missed anyone in this gigantic, detailed job. 
To date the j\Iissionai'y Boai'd has forwarded 
40.00 to the Hostetlers for their personal needs 
d $50.00 for replacing the Senior Class Fund, 
ancy and Doran feel that they would like to use 
pai't of the money to build an addition on the 
w trailer since it has just two bedrooms. You 
n be certain that in their good stewai'dship they 
11 apply all gifts to the best of their ability. 
The Hostetlers have forwai'ded a list to shai'e 
.th the Brethren for those pai'ticulai' needs not 
it filled. You can send your money directly to the 
issionai-y Boai-d, designating it for any of these 
jms or just sending for the Hostetler's to use 
lere most needed. 

> replace items the boys lost in the dormitory 

6 — Medium size suitcases 
Several hard cover Bibles 
Two polai'oid "Swinger" cameras 
Several pairs of boots 
One game of box hockey 

ems to be replaced to the school: 

two 21" rotary lawn mowers 

two sofas 


four study tables 

one full-length miiTor 

five wall mirrors 

rocking chair 

two upholstered chairs 

twelve straight back chairs 

eight chest of drawers 
waste baskets 
fourteen throw rugs 
two ironing boai'ds 
two ii'ons 

one drop-leaf table 
two refrigerators 
several lamps 

Hostetlers needs: 

two tricycles 

one 2-wheel bike 

one cai'd table 

bathroom scales 

one vacuum cleaner 

two bookcases 

two bulletin boards 

one rocking chair 

one Show-N-Tell 

one small accordian 

one 4-track Voice of Music tape recorder 

two poi"table typewriters 

(one belonged to another staff member) 
one flannel boai'd 
Christmas tree decorations 
a number of hand tools 
one set of T.V. trays 
one Carom boai'd 
one Bible dictionary 
one Bible commentaiy 
one waffle iron 
several cookbooks 
one Sallman's "Head of Christ" 
several vases 
24 Sunday School Sing small size — 

(used at outioost) 

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The Brethren Evangelil 

DAWN was breaking as our plane 
cruised over Algeria and North 
West Africa, and then as we 
approached Kano and later Jos, the 
bright sun enhanced our bird's-eye 
view of Nigeria. Although there was 
some harmattan (dust stomis), 
we were able to see quite cleai^ly, 
and what we saw was so different 
from any countiy we had viewed 
before from the plane. The ground 
itself has unusual varying shades of 
reddish browns, dotted spai'sely in 
some areas and clustered in others 
with trees that looked like tiny 
green umbrellas. Mud huts in 
villages and compounds, small fields 
of cotton, guinea com and peanuts, 
and gai'den patches, often a good 
distance from the homes seemed 
nonconfonned to any pattern. 
Foot paths and dirt roads wound 
about endlessly like threads of 
different sizes strewn between the 
mountains. Most of the streams 
and river beds were diy but 
showed evidence of wide iTishing 
waters of the rainy season, April to 
October, and we understood why land 
travel is difficult to impossible in 
some places, during that time. 

Nigeria is a fantastic sight from 
the air and even more so from the 
ground. The mountains and 
craters of rocks from bumed-out 
volcanos the heat of which 
cracked and split giant rocks into 
slices, black outside, white inside and 
discolored with age. A direct 
contrast lies in the bright 
colored blossoms of shrubs and trees 
of a variety that thrives during the 
dry season when most vegetation 

We were welcomed at Jos by Rev. 
Snavely, Church of the Brethren 
Mission (C.B.M.) supply and 
maintenance manager, who drove 
us to Mission Headquarters' 
guest house where Dick and Kitty 
met us a short time later. And at 
last, our "impossible dream" became 
a joyous reality! We were indeed 
thankful and remain so! 






^^^ 1, 

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Winfield with Moderate 
Mai Sule Biu during their Nigerian trip. 

;h 28, 1970 

Page Twenty-seven 

was Sunday, December 28, and 
son and daughter-in law, 
i. and Kitty Winfield, had been 
ing since early morning to 
plete the 350 mile trip from 
p Bible School, where they 
administrators and teachers, to 
the neai'est airport. Thus, 
fty appetites found delightful 
isfaction with the delicious 
ikfast (or rather, branch) 
.. Suavely prepai'ed for us at 
r home. Mrs. Suavely is a teacher, 
, at Hillcrest School in Jos. 
) fine sons complete the 
vely family. 

,ater, we met missionaries from 
luna and i\Iai"ama who had come 
los for supplies, meetings 
, including a night or more of 
; at one of C.B.M.'s guest 
ise apai'tments before returning 
he field. In the evening we 
mded the worship service of a 
r-by church. This sei^vice was in 
ylish and very impressive. 
:erians and missionai'ies took 

)ur second day included more 
it-seeing, visits to the foreign 
I'ket, native market, Hillcrest, and 

Theological College Campus 
Lch is some distance away from 
. Graduates from Kulp are 
:ible for further training here 
■hey plan to become full-time 
tors and teachers. 
Carly Tuesday morning we began 
journey to Kulp Bible School 
B.S.) in a very comfortable 
(Australian Holden) loaned by 
mission for this "special" 
asion. Cai's and Jeeps are owned 
I furnished by the mission to 
missionai'ies who pay a 
eage rate for their use. After 
ting the feel of some of the 
ds we were quite thankful not to 
in a Jeep. 

n spite of the soaring temperature, 
I plus, and dusty roads for a 
id portion of the way, the drive 
)ne we shall long remember, 
its and sheep of all sizes seemed 

to come from nowhere to cross the 
road in front of us. Numerous herds 
of Brahman-tyiJe cattle grazed in 
distant ai-eas or along the roadside. 
Occasionally, they, too, would halt 
our progress while they ambled 
unhurriedly across the road. I 
admired our driver's (Dick) ability 
to out-guess their intentions, for 
the safety of all concerned. 
Throughout the day there were 
always people walking either to or 
from the villages where they buy 
and sell whatever they can, or just 
for something to do. Some led or 
drove donkeys laden with produce, 
cotton or bundles of sticks for 
fire wood. Women and children, too, 
cari-ying bowls or bundles on their 
heads and often small babies tied on 
their backs, walking as easily as 
though they carried nothing; 
always friendly, many waved 
as we passed. 

We stopped to rest at Wandali 
Mission whei'e Doc and Jean Shank 
had served before assuming 
duties at Hillcrest School. The 
house has been empty for some 
months now, a grim reminder of the 
need for "labourers for the fields 
already ripe unto hai'vest." A week 
later, on our return to Jos, we 
ate a picnic lunch under the trees 
at Wandali, but on this day 
Rev. and Mrs. Jim Bowman were 
expecting us to lunch with them at 
Shafa. Here our visit was short 
but the food and fellowship very 

As we approached Gai'kida I 
remembered heai-ing about 
the Hospital-Leprosarium and the 
mission work there and I wondered 
how many Nigerian Christians 
had begun the new life here. One 
of these is Pastor Mai Sule Bin, now 
Moderator of our Nigerian 
Church, called Church of Christ 
in the Sudan, which includes 
eight districts. We had the 
privilege of meeting and talking with 
him one day, quite unexpectedly, 
in Bin, a village near the Waka 

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The Brethren Evangti 

Mission School. Our missionaries 
work in cooperation with the 
Nigerian Churcli. 

It was late evening when we 
arrived at our destination, 
Winfield house, where Yaga, 
co-worker and pai"t-time cook, had 
a delicious dinner ready. The table 
was set beautifully with candles 
used pai'^tly for decoration and also 
necessity, for the power would go 
off before we would be finished. 

Kulp Bible School Campus has it's 
own generator that furnishes 
electricity for about five hours 
daily, stopping at ten p.m. There is 
also a water supply from two 
wells pumped by gasoline engine 
into a lai-ge storage tank, 
furnishing water to the four faculty 
houses (one presently vacant, also), 
and faucets in the students' ai-ea. 
Students and their families live in 
their customaiy huts and compounds 
on the campus. Kai'ago Gadzama, 
a Nigerian teacher at Kulp, lives in 
one of the faculty houses with 
his wife and four daughters. 
Mi-s. Gadzama made us some tasty 
guinea corn buns fried in peanut 
oil. A bit peppeiy but veiy good. 

Although K.B.S. was not in 
session during our visit, Dick and 
Kitty were kei^t busy. Bookkeei>ing, 
planning, community mail and 
supplies, etc., and visitors, seemingly 
in a steady flow. Nigerians 
seldom knock at the door but 
wait patiently outside until they 
are noticed. 

Students at Kulp ai'e ail adult 
couples, man and wife, training to be 
Christian leaders in their 
communities. Kitty teaches English 
to both men and women, while 
Dick teaches bible classes in Hausa, 
the Nigerian trade language, in 
addition to sei-ving as Principal 
of the school. The 7-5 couples have 
been selected by a committee 
composed of Nigerian Church leaders 
and missionaiies. Eligible men ai-e 
given an enti-y test and 25 ai-e 
selected each year for the three-year 
course. The wife is automatically 

included. Some bring their 
children to live with them while 
others leave them with relatives at 

Each family is given a two-acre 
tract of land to fami while they ai'e 
at Kulp thus providing their 
livelihood and application of 
improved agricultural methods taught 
during the school yeai\ Rev. 
Wilhelm Scheytt, of Basel Mission 
and from GeiTnany, is instractor of 
agriculture. The women ai'e taught 
Christian home making and family 
cai'e. They, too, help with the 

In K.B.S. Chapel on Sunday we had 
an opportunity to worship with 
many of the student families who 
were still on campus. One couldn't 
help but give thanks and praise 
God for missionai'ies, their zeal 
and dedication to a task that should 
include evei-y bom-again Christian. 
Although the service was all in 
Hausa, the Word, hymn tunes 
and gestures of that fine young 
Nigerian minister gave us 
understanding of the true message 
of our Savior, one and the same, 
who died that all might live. 

Ti-uly, this visit to our mission in 
Nigeria has been a notable 
experience, making our "impossible 
dream" an unforgetable blessing. 

Dick and Kitty Winfield at Kulp Bible Schoi 

rch 28, 1970 

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edited by Roy G. Irving 
Roy B. Zuck 

Moody Press: Chicago, 1968 

Reviewed by: Fred Finks 

'Youth and the Church" is an interesting and valuable 
ide for any Christian worker who has leadership 
;ponsibiUty with young people. "Youth and the 
urch" centers it concern and direction to the entire 
jreh's ministry to adolescents. Included in this are 
)grams for church school, training groups, Bible 
looi, worship, service activities, etc. 
!n order for any organization to succeed it is neces- 
■y to establish clear-cut objectives and standards that 
ar group hopes to accomplish. In order for one to 
ablish these objectives he must be aware of the his- 
■ical, sociological, and psychological make-up of the 
n-age generation. "Youth and the Chiu-ch" tries to 
rface these areas and to focus on the needs of adoles- 
'Providing a comprehensive youth program calls for 

coordinating the various functions." Youth organizations 
should be purposeful, comprehensive, meaningful, and 
directional. Also, youth leaders are important for a 
smooth-running youth organization. "Youth and the 
Church" deals with guidelines for the youth leaders. 

Are you having difficulties with your Sunday evening 
youtli programs? Here you can find creative methods 
for establishing a successful youth program. 

A key factor to a successful youth program is the 
program material and using it to its fullest range of 
possibilities. Included in this book are successful 
materials and how to use them. 

"Youth and the Church" is a book full of helpful ad- 
vice and information to get a better understanding of 
the youth of the church. 


rhe Roann BYC elected the following officers for the 
59-70 year: 

President Dan Swihart 

Vice President Dennis Keppel 

Secretcuy Beth Gilmer 

Treasurer Kathy Draper 

Song Leader Dennis Foster 

e sponsors are Mr. and Mrs. Dale Abell, Clarence 
'Ppel, Ted Brower and Mrs. Gilmer. The BYC is dl- 
led into four groups with a sponsor in charge. Each 
5up is responsible for one Sunday's lesson out of the 
)nth. This takes a lot of the load off the sponsors, 
rhe third Sunday of each month is substitute Sunday 
the assistants will get some experience. 

We have met two different Saturdays to make carmel 
corn to sell to help make money for our project. 

A contest between our BYC and College Corner's 
BYC is to start March 8th. The points will be as follows: 

1. Attendance — every member — 10 points, visitors — 
50 points and 100 points for new members. 

2. Each member in mid-week prayer meeting — 20 

3. Personal calls — 100 points. Whole youth group 
(60%)— 500 points. 

4. Programs for shut-ins — 500 points. 

The points will be figured on a percentage basis since 
our BYC is larger than theirs. The contest will last six 
weeks. The losers will treat the winners. 

— Beth Gilmer, secretary 

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Youth Beat 



Paul Menhorn 
Berlin, Pa., Brethren Church 

PAUL is a member of the Berlin Brethren 
Churcli \\-here lie is an active youth. He is the 
son of Mr. and Mrs. William Menhorn. Paul is 
17 years old and is a senior at Berlin Brothers- 
valley High School. He is enrolled in the Voca- 
tional Agriculture Course. He has participated 
very actively in the Futui-e Fai'mers of America. 
Such activities include participation in the District 
Black and White Show, the Somerset County Fair, 
the FFA basketball team, his chapter parliamen- 
tary procedure team and as chairman of the cal- 
endar and radio and television committees of his 
chapter. Last year he served as secretai-y of his 
chapter and this year is chapter reporter. Other 
school activities include : being a member of the 
chorus, the band, hall patrol, the Honor Society 
and the junior class play. In 1968, as member of 
the 4-H Club, Paul traveled to Utah with the 
counti^y's 4-H exchange trip. He also represented 
his school at Penn State for the Keystone Boys 

Rev. Steiner pins awai'd on 
Lairy Folk 

LARRY FOLK of the Lanark, Illinois, Brett 
Church was awarded the God and Coui 
Award of Scouting at the 10:30 a.m. worship 
vice on February 1, 1970. He is shown abovi 
Rev. Paul Steiner presents him with this Scou 

The pastor has to work closely with each Si 
who attempts this awai'd and it takes a g 
amount of concerted effort on the part of 
Scout to earn this award. He spends hours in 
\dce, study and church guided work to be eligj 
for the God and Counti-y Award. 

Rev. Paul Steiner, pastor of the Lanark Chui 
worked with Larry and was proud to award 
this honor. Congratulations, Larry! 

arch 28, 1970 

Page Thirty-one 


January 2nd of this year my husband and I arrived 

ter a 2,000 mile trip from warm sunny Arizona to be- 

n our new work at College Corner. 

WhUe we found the weather to be cold and snowy 

! found the people to be as warm and sunny as the 

•uthwestern climate we had just left. 

As is often the case with both of us we were drawn 

the young people. They have very warmly accepted 

and already we have been asked to share in the fun 

their many and varied activities. 

Larry and Nancy Knee, who are the sponsors, are 
50 co-sponsors for the Southern Indiana District youth, 
lis fine young couple has guided these young people 
Dng some pretty deep spiritual thinking, and also 
ive included some good times, by setting a wonderful 
iristian example themselves and making Christianity 
I attractive way of life. 

Some of the future plans include a "Challenge" with 
e Roann BYC for a plan of spiritual growth. Our vice 
■esident has given a name to this challenge — "Each 
le Reach One." Our group has a prospect list almost 
luble the size of their present group — along with some 
ry interesting and unique programs they ha\i' 
anned a concentrated six-week calling program. For 
e six-week period at least one or two youth will be 
it calling every evening. Also, a planned visitation to 
ut-lns and elderly is on the agenda. Rev. Dickson has 
olunteered" to accompany them with his guitar when 
ey take singing to the various groups. 
The last two years the BYC have planted "God's Acre" 
ith them doing all the tending and caring for the acre 

sweet com on the corner of the church farm. The 
oceeds from this endeavor go toward their National 
ifC Project. Last year they raised $249.00 for the 
rizona Brethren Camp. 

The youth are very wiUing to help out in Rev. Dick- 
n's "volunteer system" of taking charge of the open- 
g devotional program for the Sunday evening service, 
ley also willingly use their talents for special music, 
id the greater majority of the youth group are very 
ithful in attendance at mid-week service. 
It has been decided that Friday, March 13th, would be 
perfect time for their Bad Luck Party to be held at 
e parsonage. 

They are also making plans for a party promised to 
em if they sincerely make all of their National goals. 
tiey know they can do it. I know they can, too! 

The Senior BYC Officers are: 

President Rick Sweet 

Vice President Diana Lawson 

Secretary Debbie Shoemaker 

Treasurer Gary Sweet 

So, as I see it, you will be hearing from the College 
Corner BYC. I am sure they must smile easier than any 
group of young people I have met. They seem to know 
what they stand for and why — where they are going 
and by the grace of God they know they will get there. 
They are happy being Chri.stians, so they smile. Couldn't 
we all take a lesson from this? 

— Mrs. Duane Dickson 


Eiueiiiij; II. c njiimcui ioi i^iiking the first crop 
are left to right: Vera Schroyer, Penny Porter- 
field, Carol Keslar, Joyce Keller, Butch Kunkle, 
Susie Keslar, Rev. C. M. Hesketh, Judy Porter- 
field, La Verne Keslar. Not included is Rocky Kellar 
who took the picture. 

LAST YEAR our BYC at VaUey Brethren Church 
(Jones Mills, Pa.) planted corn and raised it on 
about an acre-emd-a-half of land given to the BYC by one 
of the church members. Two types of com were planted 
so we had an early crop and then a later one to sell. 

From the profit of selling this com we purchased a 
film projector for the church. We are planning to build 
Sunday school rooms in the basement of the church with 
the profit that is left. 

— Roscoe KeUer, Jr., 
President, Sr. BYC 


Isaiah 61:1-2; Luke 4:16-18 

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When I have food 

Help me to remember the hungry; 

When I have work, 

Help me to remember the jobless; 

When I have a warm home. 

Help me to remember those who have 
no home at all; 

When I am without pain, 

Help me to remember those who 
suffer — 

And remembering, 

Help me to destroy my complacency, 
and bestir my compassion — and 
be concerned enough to help, 
by word and deed, 
those who cry out for what 
we take for granted. Amen. 

Samuel F. Pugh 

fne 'Siet^A£.«t 


ol. XCII 

April 11. 1970 

No. 8 





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Editorial: "Let's Get Back" 3 

"The Big Lie" 
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The Missionary Board 12 

The Brethren Layman 17 

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"Let's See, East Means Within, West Means . . . 
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Guest Speaker 

■■■ »■ Pennsylvania, will be the g-uest spe 
at the Pastors' Conference which will 
vene in Ashland, Ohio, on April 14-16 of i 

Rev. Everett received his A.B. degi'ee : 
Syracuse University and the B.D. de 
from Princeton Theological Seminai'y. He 
ordained by the Presbytery of Philadel 
of the United Presbyterian Church in 
U.S.A. He sein^ed as Minister of Evange' 
in the Wayne Presbyterian Church of Wi 
Pennsylvania, for three yeai's. ■ 

At the present he is moderator of Fai^ 
Work radio program lieai'd every Suii 
over Pittsburgh Radio Station KDKA. ; 

Before entering the ministry. Rev. Ev( 
was eng-aged in a career of advertising ■ 
much experience in related fields of mere 
dising and sales promotion. 

il H, 1970 

Page Three 



£ets §et Kacfe/ 

ET'S GET BACK to the preaching of the Gos- 
pel. We've tried other methods long enough, 
V, let's get back to the business of preaching 
m our pulpits the message of the saving grace 
our Lord. 

'n the recent Evangelical Press News the fol- 
'ing was found — it's worth reading : 
'Bishop Kennedy admits preaching is 'Heart 
Gospel' In a day when a good many clergymen 
I running from the pai'ish church and the 
jaching ministry, Methodist Bishop Gerald 
nnedy of Los Angeles says he has a longing 
return to it. 

' 'The heart of the Christian Gospel is the pro- 
mation of good news,' he told the Honolulu Ad- 
"tiser in an interview by mail. 'This is what 
; preacher is supposed to do. I do not find any 
s interest on the pai't of the laity in preaching 
m was true when I began my ministry 40 years 


''The noted bishop said laymen ai'e 'fed up' with 
I kind of preaching they ai'e getting, 'but then, 
am L Social action becomes a vei-y thin thing, 
leed, unless it is grounded in the theology of 
d's revelation in the Incarnation.' 
"Dr. Kennedy also said the new 'theology of 
pe' is an attempt to get back to the Christian 
sition and away from what has been 'a lopsided 
int of view.' 

" 'Christian theology is always full of hope and 
it always believes in the future,' he said. 'I take 
a dim view on most of these new theological trends 
in general. They come and they go and the maia 
whose faith is firmly grounded in the revelation 
of God in Christ has neither time nor interest 
for them. Whatever the present theological school 
seems to be, you may be sure if you wait a little 
while, it will be gone and a new one will take its 
place.' " 

I was especially interested in the statement, "I 
do not find any less interest on the part of the 
laity in preaching than was true when I began my 
ministry 40 yeai's ago." So we preachers are try- 
ing to fmd eveiy other means to "present the Gos- 
pel" when all it takes is nothing more than plain 
old preaching! And the preaching of the Gospel, 
at that! 

We Brethren preachers seem to be tiying every- 
thing else, as well as trying to accommodate peo- 
ple, in order to make the church gi-ow, when if we 
would spend our time in the proclaiming of the 
Word of God and working with souls, we would 
find that there will be progress in the church. 
Progress does not always mean numbers! 

The Holy Spirit still convicts men of their sins 
— ^providing, of course, they heai' the Gospel. 

Let's get back to preaching! 

Page Four The Brethren Evani| 

Text: "Wine is a mocker, strong 

drink a brawler, and whoever 
is led astray by it is not 
wise" (Prov. 20:1, RSV). 


painter by the name of Adolf 
Schicklgruber (better known to 
histoiy by the name he adopted in 
middle life — Adolf Hitler) who has 
the dubious distinction of being- the 
inventor of the "big lie." His 
theory was: it does not matter how 
big a lie is ; if you tell it often enough, 
people will eventually come to believe 
that it is true. Using the Gemian 
people as his guinea pigs, he proved 
that his theory will work. Many 
things give mute eloquent witness 
to the effectiveness of the "big lie." 
Among them are: 10,000,000 white 
crosses, 10,000 blasted villages, 
towns and cities ; and a world 
that was neai'ly bankrupt, financially 
and morally. 

Today everything from autos to 
zippers is sold to the buying public 
by the use of the "big lie." This 
soap will wash out the grimiest dirt, 
will not hai'm the most delicate 
fabrics or fade the softest colors, 
and will leave your clothes snaelling 
fresher than if you dried them in the 
sun and a soft breeze. This cigarette 
will not give you a scratchy thi'oat 
or will not contribute to lung cancer 
because it is longer and therefore 
has more tobacco in it to filter the 
smoke further, and also, to give you 
more cigai-ette to smoke. If you 
haven't been able to marry the boss' 
daughter; or been made president of 
the fimi; or been given a raise 
every six months, it is because you do 
not use the light brand of toothpaste, 
mouth wash or deodorant. Every 
time you open a newspaper or 
magazine, turn on the radio or TV 
set, you are slapped in the face by 
the "big lie," and just as Hitler 
predicted, if you tell a lie often 
enough and in enough different ways, 
people will come to believe it. 
Nowhere in American life has this 


by REV. J. D. HAMEL 

1 11, 1970 

Page Five 

1 demonstrated so dramatically as 
le liquor industiy. Each year 
industry spends astronomical 
s of money to promote the use of 
product with the result that 
generation is rapidly forgetting 
ancient truth found in Proverbs, 
>ter 20, verse 1, "Wine is a 
•ker, strong drink a brawler ; 
whoever is led astray by it 
lot wise" (RSV). 
believe that the Church must 
ik on the problem of alcohol and 
Ghreat to our nation and tlie 
Id. Today no thinking person will 
y that someo-ne needs to speak to 
generation. Daily we ai'e 
fronted with such dramatic issues 
vai', civil rights, violence, and 
Id tensions. Old standai'ds of 
istlan decency ai'e being flouted. 
■■ moral and spiritual conditions of 
nation are far from healthy. In 
e of the expenditure of colossal 
IS of money for education and 
al programs; delinquency, crime 
vice steadily increase. The 
:ness of secularism has weakened 
moral fiber of multitudes. An 
/ going tolerance has dulled 
I's sensibilities to moral and 
itual absolutes, 
'oday men who deny God and 
IS Christ rule almost half the 
Id. More and more the truth of 
liam Penn's words become 
lent, "Those people who ai'e not 
emed by God will be ruled by 

retting someone to speak has 
a God's method through the ages, 
found Moses and chai'ged him 
'Speak unto all the congregation 
;he children of Israel . . ." (Lev. 
2a) . The same chai-ge was given 
saiah, ". . . Go, and tell this peotole 
' (Isa. 6:9a). On the day of 
us' Resurrection, the angel said, 
. Go quickly, and tell his disciples 
' (Matt. 28:7a). Through the 
s, God has called men to speak 
Him. The prophet Amos said, 
. the Lord God hath spoken, 
3 can but prophesy?" (3:8b). 

There ai'e those who feel today 
that the sin and evil of our days are 
so new and so unique that God's 
cure is out-of-date. No one will 
deny that sin has become more 
sophisticated and more casually 
accepted, but it is far from new. Sin 
is still man's number one problem. 

Someone desperately needs to speak 
to this generation. God has chosen 
His people, His Church, to be His 
mouthpiece in this hour. When 
God's Word is faithfully declaimed, it 
reveals man's need. His sin, his 
lostness, his estrangement from God 
are exposed. The "Good News" of the 
Gospel reveals the remedy for 
man's lostness, which is to be found 
in the salvation of Jesus Christ. 
This is the message which the Church 
has been commissioned to declai'e. 
The Church must speak in tones of 
invitation and personal concern. 
John wrote in Revelation, "The Spirit 
and the bride say. Come" (22:17a). 
So the message of the Church must 
be more than a declaration of truth, 
it rausit be accompanied with a 
consuming passion and a sense of 
urg-ency to bring men into the fold 
of Christ. 

The Brethren Church is attempting 
to cai'ry out its God-given mission 
throughout the world. This involves 
obedience to the command of God 
to speak. It involves the inner 
compulsion of love and concern for 
the souls of men. Its message is 
simple, Christ receiveth sinful men; 
its puiijose it clear, ". . . that ye may 
know that ye have eternal life, 
and that ye may believe on the name 
of the Son of God" (I John 5:13b). 
Its committment is total and 
complete, eveiy energy, activity, 
and program united in the declai'ation 
of God's message to men ! 

Since "strong drink" is a moral 
problem on which Christianity has 
taken a definite stand, and since all 
of us, especially our children, are 
in danger of being "led astray by the 
'big lie'," I want you to take a 
clear, level-headed look at this 

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The Brethren Evanji 

problem of alcohol with me this 

To be effective tlie "big lie" must 
be told in a vai'iety of ways. The 
basic melody may be the same, but 
it must be played with vai'iations. 

I. The Brewer's Journal says that 
the phrase "Beer Belongs, Enjoy It" 
is a "masteiiMece." And so it is, 
a masteiijiece of deception! 

By the use of this slogan plus 
the claim that beer is the beverage of 
moderation, a majority of Americans 
have been led to believe that beer 
is a safe, non-habit fomiing drink 
when, as a matter of fact, the reverse 
is true. 

Beer contains the narcotic 
Alcohol, and it always contains the 
narcotic Luplin. Beverage alcohol, 
technically referred to as ethyl 
alcohol (C2H50H), is the main 
intoxicating agent in beer. Medical 
literature classifies beverage 
alcohol as a "habit-forming and 
addiction-producting narcotic," and 
the World Health Organization lists 
it in the same category with 
codeine, moi"]3hine, cocaine, opium, 
heroin and all other addicting 
narcotics. Besides being a narcotic 
drug, medical authorities in the fields 
of phai'macology and toxicology 
also classify beverage alcohol as an 
anesthetic, a hjqjnotic, an analgesic, 
a poison, a depressant, and an 
irritant. Alcohol cannot be rightfully 
called a food. It does supply calories 
of energy, but these are "empty" 
and "toxic" calories. Alcohol contains 
no vitamins, pi'oteins or minerals, and 
its dominant properties place it 
aiBong the dangerous di-ugs and 
poisons rather than among the foods. 
The average 12-ounce can of beer 
contains one-half ounce of beverage 
alcohol. This is the same amount of 
alcohol one would obtain from most 
other alcoholic drinks. 

It is a source of constant 
amazement to me to read in our 
papers time and time again of people, 
accused of dninken driving, who 
attempt to excuse themselves by 

claiming that they were not dnmk 
since they had only been drinking 
beer! "What's wrong with beer?" 
Maybe the question should be, 
"What's right with beer?" "Beer 
drinking is the open door through 
which many young people enter to be 
forever shackled by alcohol" 
(Dr. Milford 0. Rouse, President of 
the Texas Medical Association). 
Two-thirds of today's alcoholics 
began drmking while of high 
school age. In the face of these facts 
student beer bars will now be opened 
on campus at Florida State University 
in Tallahassee and at the University 
of West Florida in Pensacola, 
according to announcements by 
school officials this September 24, 

Have you heai'd about the new 
Hop'n Gator Lemon-Lime Lager 
which is now found in the local 
grocery stores. The ads about this 
new drink boldly invite you to 
"Kick the head off your thirst with 
the new Hop'n Gator Lager. . . . 
Does things to you like nothing ever 
did . . . and . . . there ai'e some other 
good things in it, too. . . ." The 
important point is what the ads do 
not say about this new beer developed 
by the University of Florida's Dr. 
Cade, and now being test-mai'keted 
in the Tampa and West Coast ai"ea 
by the Pittsburgh Brewing Company. 
Take a look at the can. In attractive, 
refreshing green and orange "citrasy" 
color, a cluster of lemons and limes 
(with leaves) rest invitingly in a 
bed of foam topping a glass mug. 
Above it, in citinis green, the words 
Hop 'n Gator. Below it, in bold 
stand-out letters "Lemon-Lime- 
Lager." Below that in tiny letters 
"A New Alcoholic Beverage." 
Then along the side seam of the 
can, in small tyi^e "Pittsburgh 
Brewing Company, Pittsburgh, 
Pennsylvania 15201." That is all the 
label tells your child, or anyone 
else. Not a word of caution that this 
stuff is beer, containing the drag • 
alcohol, just like moonshine whiskey, 

il 11, 1970 

Page Seven 

'-Crown, or Old-Buzzard, 
its-ScliIop, or Bud's Bilge, or 
•-Life or whatever-the-name. 
, the word "lager" means "beer," 
how many children and teenagers 
w this. Listen to the radio 

rtising describe this "delightful 

drink" . . . "developed for 
'o-quenching thirst throughout the 
re body." Look at the can 
/our grocery store shelves, 
igside the multiple-choices of 

drinks so easily picked up in the 
ily shopping cai't. Tempting, 
•active, and if it contains citrus 
e, does that mean it's healthy, 
;, •won't do to you what "regular" 
:' would do? 

/e heai" a lot of talk from 
•islators, state or local officials, 
c clubs, and churches, about 
renting juvenile delinquency, 
ne, alcoholism. Now let's see ■w'ho 
s what about Hop'n Gator. 
I Board of Regents announced its 
roval of Gator-Ade and Gator-Go. 
oyalty will be received by the 
;e because they were developed 
state time, by taxpayer provided 
lities. How much royalty will the 
;e get from each can of beer 
I? And how soon will we 
payers be asked for more taxes 
)ay the costs of blighted lives 
duced by this new beer? 
>ur nation is deluged with dirty 
ks, dirty movies, and dirty bars, 
areful look in eveiy section of the 
ion will show that exploitation 
>ex and ridicule of moral 
les has never been so numerous 
;o completely uninhibited. Movie 

in newspapers, radio and 
boards brazenly offer pei"version 
. mind-pollution in a nauseating 
>d of filth. If you want the 
cening feeling that our 
uiaunities are falling apait at the 
fal seams, then just listen to 
honeyed voice of your local radio 
louncer, or read the movie ads, 
;hey invite your child to dine on the 
raiy garbage of our "enlig'htened" 
iety. Our legislatui'e lai-gely 

ignores the problem. Most law 
enforcement officials give a resigned 
shnig and say "the courts turn 'em 
loose, so why bother to make 
arrests." Most conmiunity leaders 
get faint at the thought of effective 
controls, cry "censorship" and run 
for the neai'est cocktail pai'ty to 
forget the whole thing, but thank 
God, not all run away and hide. 
A few ai'e putting their cai'eers on 
the block. They are literally sticking 
their necks out way beyond the 
call of duty, and taking some hai'd 
knocks, in an effort to protect their 
communities. A fine example is 
Sheriff Ross Boyer, (National 
President of the Sheriff Association 
of America) of Sarasota County, and 
Police Chief Francis Scott who are 
leading a fight to rid our county 
of smut literature. But the smut 
merchants don't give up their easy 
profits without using every trick in a 
clever lawyer's ai'senal. We need 
to remember these courageous men 
in our prayers and give them all of our 
support as Christians and faithful 
members of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

IL The "big lie" has a second 
theme that needs to be faced 
squarely: "A man has a right to 
drink." How often have you heai'd 
this assertion with its emphasis upon 
personal freedom and individual 
liberty. But is it trae? Has a man 
the right to do just anything he 
wants to do ? Well, from the dawn 
of civilization until this moment, 
men have decided that if we ai"e to 
live together in any kind of society, 
we must limit our actions and rights 
by the welfare of the total group 
and the rights of our neighbors. I 
ought to have the right according to 
this argument to drive my cai' 80 
miles an hour on the left side of 
the road or park in the middle of the 
street. In an ordered society, 
however, this right has been taken 
away from me. I ought to have the 
rig'ht to keep pigs in my back 
yard, but I can't. The law prohibits 
me from exercising this right. If I 

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The Brethren Evan;! 

wanted to, I oug'ht to have the rig'ht 
to dump my gai'bage in 'my neighbor's 
back yard, but no, the law says 
that he has some rig-hts, too. And so 
it goes through all of life. Someone 
will say: "What has all this got to do 
with my drinking? It is none of 
your business if I drink." Is that so? 
Since we live in a society, what I 
do affects a number of other people, 
and what they do affects me. 

When you get the tags for your 
car, in some states you usually find 
in large letters these words, "When 
you drink, don't drive. When you 
drive, don't drink." Do you know that 
the greatest factor contributing to 
traffic fatalities is alcohol. Accident 
statistics show that alcohol is a 
social problem far from being 
controlled, or even properly 
diagnosed, in its relation to traffic 
accidents. If you have been injured in 
an auto accident or had a member 
of your family killed by a drunken 
driver, would you say that he had a 
right to drink and drive? Everytime 
you pay your inflated auto insurance, 
you ai-e paying the price of the man 
who believes that he has a right to 
drink. Every time you pay high 
taxes to help support our prisons, 
our hospitals, our relief program you 
are paying the price for this 
philosophy that went out-of-date the 
day the second man appeared on 
earth. "A man has a right to drink." 
It's the "big lie." No doctor has a 
right to drink when the lives of his 
patients are in his hands. No pilot 
has a right to drink when the safety 
of his passengers dei^end on his 
quick judgment and steady hands. 
(Did you know that sixty percent 
of all private plane crashes 
or crash landings result from 
somebody's drinking?) No father has 
a right to drink when his wife and 

children will suffer. No statesman 
has a right to drink when the welfare 
of his nation depends on the keenness 
of his intellect. No Christian has a 
right to drink! There ai'e those 
who figure, "If you can't whip'em, 
join'em." They include temperance 
groups now advocating moderation 
rather than abstinence, and some 
churches, too. 

The liquor industry knows it must 
teach our young people to drink if 
the industiy is to continue. So 
they're waiting for the little ones 
that are growing up in your home. 
If they don't get them, they will 
cease to exist. Their plaii is to teach 
our boys and girls to drink. 
Christians, be proud to be an 
abstainer. Take pleasure in knowing 
your personal example can then never 
lead another into alcoholism, drag 
addiction, gambling or obscenity. 
Be proud of your children and 
teens who have the good sense 
and moral judgment not to fall in the 
trap of drugs, beer, smoking, 
immorality, and tell them so! Instead 
of sitting around wringing your 
hands about the drop-out tyi^es, 
really get in there and fight for your 
own childi'en, and the millions of 
others who deserve a better future 
than a sick, penrdssive society 
can offer. Be a proud Christian. 
Love your church and the good it 
stands for. Remember that the decline 
of morality in America can only be 
checked by a strong resurgence of 
religious strength — moral guidelines 
based on the awai'eness of sin. 
Refuse to attend, and write or call 
him to express your disai>iDroval 
of a cocktail pai-ty by or for any 
candidate for public office. If he or 
she has no more concern for the 
safety and health of people before 
election, wouldn't thev be more 

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Isaiah 61:1-2; Luke 4:16-18 

1 11, 1970 

Page Nine 

y to became a "lobbyists' man 
roman," rather than a "peoples' 
or woman" ? You can also invite 
;rs to join you and the 100,000 
ors in America who have quit 
rette smoking. Mom, Pop, it's 
you ! Don't be ashamed of 
erfering" in your cliildren's 
ate lives. That's one of the thing-s 
mts ai'e for! 

I. The third theme of the "big 
is one of the most pernicious of 
n all: "Liquor is the way to 
i)me a man of distinction!" 
ow many young people have 
m for this dastai'dly lie : if you 
t to be smai't, if you want 
ucceed, if you want to gain 
inction, drink such and such a 
id of liquor. The ads show 
-groomed men and smartly 
;sed women with the upraised 
s, but to my knowledge no 
iller has ever pictured the end 
dts. In the Church, when we 
it to show what religion can do, 
show what a man is before 
after Christ enters his life, 
an men want to sell soap, they 
»v how dirty clothes are made 
shine bright. But the liquor people 
' show their customers before 
i have staffed to drink. You 
't see these same people after 
/ are drunk — disheveled, 
"usting in their conduct, 
tneless, and half-dead the next 
■ning as they try to shake off 
mgover. Neither do you see 
bloody accidents, the family ^ 
rrels, and the loss of prestige 
influence in the community, 
everal yeai's ago when Pai'amount 
iuced the film "The Lost 
ikend," the House of Seagram 
le out with a half -page ad: 
. not only has Pai-amount 
;ures produced a masteipiece of 
pense-filled entertainment . . . 
Y have succeeded in burning into 
heai'ts and minds of all who 
this vivid screen stoiy our own 
5"-held and published conviction 
t some men should not drink ! 

Yes, that is our most earnest 
conviction. Ever since Repeal in 1934, 
the House of Seagram has exerted 
all its influence to further the 
cause of moderation in drinking. In 
newspapers and magazines from 
coast to coast, we have published 
such significant statements as 
'Drinking and Driving Do Not Mix,' 
'We Don't Want Bread Money,' 'Pay 
Your Bills First,' and 'We Don't 
Want Bond Money.' Again and again 
we have expressed our abiding 
conviction that 'liquor is a luxury' — 
that it should always be used 
reasonably and with restraint as a 
welcome addition to gi'acious living." 
If the advertising executive who 
wrote that "big lie" didn't win some 
kind of prize, he has a right to feel 
that he has been mistreated. 

All of us have known doctors, 
lawyers, salesmen, business men, and 
women, too, who have demonstrated 
that, instead of making them men 
and women of distinction, liquor 
made them men and women of 
extinction. For it has wiped out 
careers, destroyed their standing in 
the community, and made them 
candidates for Skid Row and the 
Bowei'y. American business is losing 
$7.5 billion annually because of 
mistakes made by alcoholic 
executives. Dun's Review estimated 
last year, claiming there are 3 
million woi'king alcoholics in the 
United States. A three or four 
martini lunch is commonplace, the 
report said, and a bar in the executive 
office is an acceptable status symbol. 
"When you have a hidden problem 
drinker who signs contracts or 
makes investments he can lose $1 
million in five minutes," said one 
doctor. Did you know that there 
is a gentlemen's agreement among 
members of Congress not to mention 
the subject of alcohol? It is so 
binding that one United States 
Senator (who has been repeatedly 
helped from the floor by colleagues 
or page boys) escaped any mention of 
this "weakness" even during a 

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bitterly contested election recount in 
his home state. 

IV. The "big lie" has a fourth 
variation: "It is not wrong- to drink if 
you exercise moderation. As fai' as 
I am personally concerned, moderation 
in drinking is like moderation in 
adultery: it just doesn't exist. 

"Life" which in view of its 
advertising policy is not a 
prohibitionist publication, in a 
feature article on liquor several 
years ago said: "Contraiy to populai- 
believe among drmkers, alcohol is not 
a stimulant but a depressant. Tlie 
exhilai'ation which a drinker feels 
after he has taken a few quick 
drinks is the result of the depression 
of the highest brain center. 
Inhibitions are removed and emotion 
takes over. In a sense man's highly 
developed reason, which distinguishes 
him from the lower animals, is 
;mibushed, and as he gets 
progressively drunker he becomes 
more and more like an animal. 
First, alcohol attacks the brain ai-ea 
containing centers of judg-ment and 
inhibition." In other words the 
article is saying that ai'ea of the brain 
which enables a man to make 
judgments and exercise moderation 
is the first casualty when a man 
begins to drink. 

Several years ago, a reporter by 
the name of j\Iurl Vance set out to 
intenaew a number of people, 
asking them this question: "Shall I 
drink?" The interview that mipressed 
me most was the one of an alcoholic, 
the son of a distiller. "My advice 
would be never to take the first 
drink. My father made all four of us 
Ijoys sign the pledge when we 
were young, promising us a certain 
rewai'd if we kept it, but only one 
of us grew up a teetotaler. A drinker 
does not know whether he is 
handling his liquor or not; his drink 
deceives him. I sometimes tiy to 
stop when I think I have had enough ; 
but then I decide that just another 
drink or two will not hurt me, and I 
keep on drinking till it's too late. In 

my opinion, the light wines and beer 
are just as dangerous as any other 
drink, for they lay the foundation 
for what is to follow. The world 
would be much better off if alcohol 
had never been discovered!" 
Moderation? This is like looking for 
gold at the foot of the rainbow, it 
is a delusion. For the very nature of 
alcohol destroys a man's capacity 
of knowing when to stop. 

Under the caption "A lot of 
Moonshine," an editorial writer 
for an eastern paper commented on 
criticisms of the cost of the United 
States space program with its 
spectaculai" moon landings. "During 
the five yeai's from planning to 
blastoff," the author said, "the 
Apollo program cost $24 billion, a 
staggering figure that sticks easily 
in the mind. But while the moon 
landing program progressed 
through the Gemini and Apollo 
phases, the American public guzzled 
down more than $35 billion worth 
of liquor. That's a lot of moonshine." 

Compared with a figure of $5 
billion per year for the total space 
research and development is the fact 
that during the 1960's Americans 
averaged $12.3 billion a yeai' for 
alcoholic beverages and $7.9 billion 
for tobacco. There is no possible 
measure of the heai'tache and 
suffering caused by the liquor traffic 
and the tobacco industry. We are 
rightly concerned about the horrible 
rise of drug addiction in our day. 
Yet society in general and govei-nment 
in pai-ticular are strangely 
unconcerned about the most obvious 
drag of all that is legalized and 
sold everywhere — beverage alcohol! 
The case against tobacco has been 
made beyond all doubt of any except 
those financially interested in 
pushing the weed. Yet the masses 
have reacted much like the fellow 
who read so much about the harmful 
effects of smoking that he decided 
to give up reading! We have a 
right to be concerned about the 
way the govenmient spends our 

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ley, but at least the space 
^rani does not break up thousands 
lomes and destroy miUions of 
s. Men walking on the moon 

never even touch the amount of 
m done by an ever-rising flood 
•noonshine on earth/ What can we 
about the "big lie?" 
'irst: The fii-st weapon at our 
)osal which we can use against the 
y lie" is the "big truth!" 
ieving as we do that the truth 
; men free, we have the obhg-ation 
eai-n the facts and to teach them 
)ur children. There is something 
)ng when pai'ents stress good 
rition, safety, and manners and 

to teach theii' children the 
)iased truth about alcohol. Turn 
, tune out until radio, TV and 
/spapers practice more moral 
ponsibility and stop people- 
luting practices. Really, now, how 
ny programs can our children 
;ch without being shown and told, 
example and word, that drinking 
r-wine-whiskey or smoking 
U'ettes-pipes-cigai's is the nomial, 
uraJ, healthy, wise way to meet 

problems or seek the pleasures 
life? The so-called comics who ti-y 
make a big joke of alcohol, like 
ason, Mai"tin and Skelton, etc., 

adventure (violence) heroes like 
onside," and most Westerns, 
eatedly show drinking in a 
orable light. The radio disk 
keys ought to receive their share 
bhe blame, too. 

["he sly remarks thrown in as a 
lus to theii' beer sponsors ; the 
ling of commercials and comments 
I the deliberate use of psychological 
±ery through manipulation of 
md; cleai-ly encourage children 
i teens to drink beer, wine and 
iskey. How much of the 
lespread drag use, undisciplined 
ions, immorality and lack of 
:riotism or ambition on the pai"t 
millions of children and teenagers 
1 be laid at the door of the radio, 
', magazine advertising industiy? 
It is also a well-known fact that 

the destructive and lawless militancy 
of the radicals in the streets and on 
the campuses is related directly 
to the taking of alcohol and drugs. 

Second: The second weapon in our 
hands which we can use against the 
"big lie" is the most effective 
of all, it is the "big Ufe!" We must 
add to all of our other methods 
the dimension of faith, and do all in 
our power to relate our young people 
to Jesus Christ in an experience of 
personal salvation. Only then will they 
have not just the information to 
do right, but also the motivation 
aiid inspiration to follow Him who 
changed the woi-ld as no one ever did. 
We will never get ahead in our battle 
with the bottle until we show 
men and women that in Christ there 
is a life that satisfies the deepest 
needs and desires of men and which 
really brings them face to face with 
reality. Paul had this in mind 
when he wrote: "And do not get 
drank with wine ; for that is 
debauchery; but be filled with the 
Spirit, addressing one another in 
psalms and hjnnns and spu"itual 
songs, singing and making melody 
to the Lord with all your heai^t, 
always and for everything giving 
thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus 
Christ to God the Father" (Eph. 

We must not forget that basically 
this is still a spiritual battle. 
Is this a moral issue? You can 
bet vour life it is ! 

A radio message given by Rev. J. D. Hamel, pastor 
of the First Brethren Church, 150 North Shade 
Avenue, in Sarasota, Florida, over the Brethren 
Hour, W.S.A.F. (1220) Radio Station, on Novem- 
ber 16, 1969. Rev. Hamel is now in his fourth 
year of the Radio ministry on W.S.A.F. which is 
sponsored by Mr. Robert Hawkins of Sarasota, 

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The Brethren Evan; i 

60th Anniversary 

"It has been a great joy to be 
pemiitted to labor in a field where 
over a million people ai'e living 
with no saving knowledge of the 
Gospel, and no one else to give it to 
them." These words were from the 
heai't of Dr. C. F. Yoder as well 
as his book, "The Argentine 
Mission Field." 

It was amidst trials and 
tribulations that Chai-les F. Yoder 
served missions in Argentina, 
beginning with his arrival 
November 1, 1909, in Rio Cuarto. 
Destiny had directed him to 
Argentina for mission endeavors 
after a visit to Persian borders 
during uirfavorable political 
conditions discourag'ed plans for an 
Asian field. 

In Mai-ch, 1907, the Boai'd chose 
as the first missionaiies, subject to 
approval by conference. Mi'. C. F. 
Yoder and his wife. For one year they 
served the mission at Montreal, 
Canada, and on August 13, 1909, 
Mr. and Mrs. Yoder and their two 
daughters, Eleanor and Grace, sailed 
from New York via Southampton, 
England, to Buenos Aires ai'riving 
the 12th of September. This round 
about trip at that time was the 
most economical voyage. 

Dr. Charles F. Yoder 
Pioneer Brethren Missionary 

After settling in Rio Cuai-ito, 
Argentina, the lai'gest unoccupied 
town in the republic centrally 
located among other um-eached 
towns, the first meetings were lield 
in Januai'y, 1910. 

At the Spiritual Conference held 
at Rosai-io in Febniary of 1970, 
recognition was given for sixty 
years of Brethren missions in 
Argentina, in conmiemoration of the 
beginning of work by Chai'les F. 
Yoder. Dr. Yoder's daughters, 
Eleanor Romanenghi and Gi'ace 
Farre' accepted the honor, in loving 

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Page Thirteen 

\iaory of their father. Throug-h 
yeai's, his son, Robert also 
isted faithfully in the work as has 
gi-andson, Nomian Eomaiieng-hi. 
leverend Willis E. Ronk, a past 
sident of the IVIissionary Board, 
1 written, "In the days of my 
th, I knew about Dr. Yoder, for 
name was a household word, 
. it was indeed a name to inspire 
1 to challenge. The names of those 
} have remained pi'ominent 
[ influential (who contributed to 
life of the church) throug-h the 
rs are few. That influence will 
tinue throug-h his wiitings and 
ough the lives which he has 

.lany people think of Dr. Yoder 
!t as a missionary, perhaps 
ause there is no gi-eater work, but 
other years of service were a 
uable conti-ibution. Pie served 
Warsaw Brethren Church as 
tor from 1894-1902. In addition, 
ministered to a church in 
lesville, Indiana, (south of Ft. 
,yne) one summer, he assisted his 

father at Pony Creek (neai- 
JVIon-ill, Kansas) and at Resei-ve, 
Kansas. In 1895 he preached also 
to the Fail-view Congregation (6 
miles west of South Bend), where 
Dr. Furry had been pastor. In 
1900, together with Dr. FuiTy, he 
held a i-evival meeting in Goshen, 
Indiana, which resulted in 80 
conversions and the organization of 
the Goshen Brethren Church. 

He was a jjrolific writer and 
completed a number of manuscripts ; 
among those published is "God's 
Means of Grace." 

After 1944 Dr. Yoder retired being- 
past 70 years of age. However, 
until his death in 1955, he continued 
to be vitally concerned with the 
work ; he contributed liberally from 
his vast experience and was always 
available to counsel inquiring 
workers and missionaiies. 

How can one measure the 
influence on the lives of others, of 
this faithful missionai-y, consecrated 
writer and true Brethren? Only 
eternity will fully reveal them. 

Eleanor Romanenghi accepting the honor 
paid to her father for his pioneer mission 


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After almost twelve years of service in missions, 
dedicating their lives to the Argentine Field, 
John and Regina Rowsey have returned to the 
States to begin a new ministry for The Brethren 
Church. John will serve as the Associate Secretary 
with The Missionary Board of The Brethren 
Church. His position will be to cover a new phase 
of ivork and extend the present ministries of the 

The Roivseys with their three children — Susan, 
Philip and Valerie are residing at 711 Park Street, 
Ashland, Ohio, and John ivill take over his duties 
at the Missionary Board office after a short rest 
and necessari/ medical check-outs. The Rowseys 
will not be doing deputation tvork as has been 
the practice of returned missionaries but John 
H'ill involve in local church missionary programs 
through his neiu position. 

The Argentine Church at their Spiritual Con- 
ference in February recognized the Roivseijs for 
their years of service. John had served as a radio 
technician and engaged in evangelistic campaign 
work and executive leadership in The Brethren 

Church in Argentina. We translate the follow 
from Testigo Fiel.* 
(February, 1970, issue) 

The serviceable life of a person can be measi 
in the type and number of friends that he '. 
Although we are not always I'eady to recog: 
it, there are people who by their example in ' 
their work, and their willingness to solve pi 
lems not their own, leave behind them signs <1 
they have passed by. In the case of the Row; 
this truly has been in evidence. 

Having been with us almost twelve years, t 
have demonstrated clearly that they love this i 
of the world and that they are willing to w 
for its good. 

There are many things which we could ment 
many projects carried out. We could say, wit! 
much fear of being mistaken, that our nati< 
organization owes much to this faithful sen 
of God. His work in budget and finances as • 
as many other details in the various adminis 

The Rowseys — (John, Regina, Valerie, Philip and Sus 
arrived in the States, February 16, and visited far 
and friends and participated in a Missionary Conferee 
at the Sarasota Church. 

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duties, greatly assisted the national functions 
)ur church. 

'he Testigo Fiel was a constant preoccupation 
he mind of our Brother Rowsey, but ultimately 

major preoccupation was the Evangelistic 
Dile Equipment. The experiences seen with the 
ingelistic campaign trips using audio-visual 
jipment inspired him to adapt the self-con- 
[led equipment in a mobiie unit, 
'rom the pages of the Testigo Fiel we say, 
;member always that the place you have left 
:he Brethren Church of Argentina is waiting 

you and our blessings go with you until we 
it again." 

rgentine's counterpart of The Brethren Eraii- 

Farewell to Rowsey family at Spiritual Con- 
ference in Februaiy. 

Magic Moments 


HURCH WORK can be 

discouraging, especially when 
ess, fatigue, or other obligations 
ip the members from attending. Or 
en parents of children attending 

church school refuse to involve 
mselves in any sort of study to 
rforce the spiritual emphasis 
en on Sunday. 

But there ai'e magic moments 
rewai'd. Here are some of them, 
ery afternoon that Phil walks 
ir to Brethren House to open it 

the children the word passes 
shrill, eager tones, "Mr. Lersch 
?oing to open Brethren House, 
i!! He's opening the church, 
(ion, you can go in now." 
5unday morning in the activity 
sion of church school Gaiy 
gs to himself as he colors a large 
e drawn to hold Zacchaeus, "I 

glad today is Sunday; I am glad 
ame to church. This is God's 
r, this is God's day. I am glad 
ame to church." 
Explaining the words to the 
mn, "When I Sui-vey the 
mdrous Cross," Pastor Lersch asks 

another name for Jesus who died 
on the cross. "Lamb of God," 
suggests 6-yeai--old Ricky, who has 
attended Brethren House for nine 
months without missing, but 
never had attended any church before. 

Another 6-yeai'-old, Scott, sings 
eveiy word of this hymn: "My master 
was so very poor, they nailed 
him naked to a cross ; so veiy rich 
my master was, he gave his all and 
knew no loss." 

Listening to the prayers of the 
seven boys in the beginners' class 

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can g-ive me a real lift. Their wave 
length seems right in tune with the 

Wlien I come home from teaching 
school and see 25-30 young-sters 
enjoying various activities at 
Brethren House — hearing 
pre-recorded Bible stories, assembling 
puzzles, painting, building with 
blocks, creating crafts, listening 
to records, or playing tether-ball 
outside — I am thrilled. Here is a place 
where children can find love, 
where adults guide, where there 
ai'e things to do that are fun. 
Here they find out that Jesus loves 
them because someone takes the 
time to be with them, help them, 
and even scold them when necessaiy. 

Heai-ing the young mother talk 
about the change that has taken 
place in her life the past few months 
is another reward. "I am not a 
patient person," she tells us. "And 
I am so eager to share what has 
liappened to me with others. 
But God has g'iven me patience so 
that I will not repel others with my 
enthusiasm." Seeing another adult 
blossom in New Life by the way 
she serves at Brethren House has 
heli")ed offset many of the 
discouragements that come in trying 
to establish a new church. 

Yes, church work can be 
discouraging, but God allows us 
many moments of encouragement. 
He has always provided someone. 
Even when members had to move out 
of the state, He replaced them. 
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Tracy and Mr. 
Forrest Reed have sei-ved faithfully 
as teachers and treasurer. Miss 
Gretchen French comes eveiy 
Sunday morning and plays the 
piano for worship sei^vice and church 
school. Mr. and Mrs. John Meyers 
have provided equipment and 
transporation for activities at 
Brethren House. Evelyn and Sandi 
Pratt have helped with cooking 
and crafts. When illness and work 
obligations took our workers. He 
provided others. Mrs. Denis Kamp, 

besides helping after school one day 
every week, is teaching church 
school class. And Mrs. Richai'd 
Wogoman also helps after school. 
When we become discouraged, 
wondering about our effectiveness, 
someone comments about the worth 
of our work. These compensations 
have been ample. We only pray for 
the wisdom and strengtii to keep us 
faithful, and the vision to recognize 
the workers He will send and the 
work He has for us here in St. 

Mrs. Phil Lersch 
Brethren House 
St. Petersburg, Florida 


Ue/T JQcila'L 

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Page Seventeen 

pen president communications 



10W CAN THE ACTIVITIES of Laymen show 
forth an example for the Boys' Brotherhood that 
1 meet the approval of God? Men, are you aware of 
part that you may have in the forming of young 
's' minds and habits? Do you realize that your ex- 
ple of daily living may be watched by boys far more 
n you realize? We should be very careful that our 
mples and our witnessing does meet the approval 
God. This should be our responsibility constantly, 
'here are many Scriptures that give us understand- 
on this subject. However, there are certain ones 
t I want to call to your attention. 
. To Teach: In Deuteronomy 6:5-7, we read; And 
u Shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, 
I with aU thy soul, and with all thy might. And 
se words, which I command thee this day, shall be 
thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently 
o thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou 
est in thine house, and when thou walkest by the 
V, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest 
' We are told to teach in this passage, teach diligent- 
It tells us what to teach, to love the Lord thy God. 
w much should we love our Heavenly Father; will: 
thine heart, with all thy soul, and with all thy might, 
len: When thou sittest in thine house, when thou 
Lkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when 
u risest up. This is not a part-time, but a full-time 
ponsibility. Teaeh them to walk in righteousness. 
Illness (honesty of conduct) and teach them to obey 
will of God. Instruct them to seek the Word, Will, 
i Way of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Teach them love, 
:h, belief, and give them a hunger and thirst for 
i's divine inspired Word. 

I. To Train: In Proverbs 22:6, "Train up a child in 
way he should go: and when he is old, he will not 
lart from it." Train not in ways of the world, but 
in them to seek first the kingdom of God. Train 
m to be faithful and just, to pray, to read the Holy 
lie, to witness, and to serve with a great zeal that 
ich God would have them to do. Train them to wor- 

ship in "Spirit and in truth" as per John 4:23-24. Train 
them to be obedient children, holy in conversation and 
conduct (I Peter 1:13-15). 

III. To Provide: In II Corinthians 12:14b, we see 
these thoughts, "For the children ought not to lay up 
for the parents, but the parents for the children." I 
believe that this pertains more to spiritual provision 
than it does material. It seems that material things are 
automatically provided, by parents, but parents often 
neglect to provide Biblical knowledge. How much 
.spiritual provision are we giving to these boys? It's 
very easy to neglect this area if we are not careful. 
Let's commit ourselves to be very diligent in the 
spiritual provision of these boys' lives. Men, read 
Matthew 6:19-21 for further enhghtment. 

IV. To Nurture: As it reads in Ephesians 6:4, "And, 
ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but 
bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the 
Lord." If we will teach them proper doctrine, train 
them in God's holy precepts, provide for their spiritual 
fulfillment, they will be reared in the nurture and 
admonition of our Lord. We can discourage or encourage 
tliese boj's according to our conduct. 

Does your example as a layman meet the approval 
of God? When your joint Laymen-Boys' Brotherhood 
meeting is held, what type of program do you have? 
Is it one in which the boys can see the relationsiiip be- 
tween God and man? What about your daily lives? Do 
these boys see you read your Bible? Do they hear you 
pray? Do they observe your witnessing outside the 
church? Are we conscious of our examples during the 
week, as well as on the Lord's day? Do they see you 
in church on Sunday, Bible study, choir practice, com- 
munion services, and other church meetings? 

Are you interested enough in these boys to serve as 
Sunday school teachers, advisors of youth groups, or 
other areas in which you ai'e called? 

In John 21:15-17, Jesus is telling Peter to feed my 
lambs and my sheep. The feed in this instance is mean- 
ing teach. We have a duty to do in regards to our boys. 

Page Eighteen 

If we love them we will see that this command is put 

into faithful practice. 
Here is an idea that might prove benefical if you'd 

like to try it. The letter comes from Lester Peck of 

Falls City, Nebraska, and this communication is very 

much appreciated by this writer. 

"We have tried many times to get the boys 
together; no results. Now we devised the idea 
to pick up the boys at their home on the 3rd 
Sunday of the month at 2 p.m., take them to 
the place of meeting and return them to their 
homes about 2 hours later. It Works! We have 
two leaders, one has the lesson from The Breth- 
ren Evangelist, the other decides the place of 
meeting. Six boys are members of the Falls 
City Boys' Brotherhood. Our attendance has 
been nearly 100 percent. We did take them 

The Brethren Evang'l 

roller skating at one meeting. Our plans as of 
now wUl be a trip to 'County Jail,' 'MUl Works' 
or Home Enterprizes. I am a pleased leader 
and my helper is a real asset." 

This theme song was used for an intermediate ci 
week at Camp Bethany in 1962 (my appreciatioiil 
the Elder Carl Barber family). I believe it is a i': 
way to close this article, and would be an appropili 
verse for all to heed and follow. 

"I want God's way to be my way, 

As I journey here below; 
For there is no other highway 

That the chUd of God should go. 
Though the road be dark and rough. 

If He leads me 'tis enough. 
I want God's way to be my way every day.' 


First Brethren Church 
Tucson, Arizona 

May 15-17. 1970 

Theme: "Let My People Grow" 
Text: Philippians 3:16 

Friday Evening, May 15 

7:30 Song Service Anna Mae Brown 

Devotions Chuck Silver 

Announcements Jim Burke 

Business Meeting (Nominating Committee) 

Special Music Tucson Church 

Message Rev. Alvin Shifflett 

Saturday Morning, May 16 
Conference Prayer Period 

Rev. Clarence Stogsdill 
Joint Sessions 

W.M.S., Iris McKinney, President 
Ministers, Laymen, led by Larry Baker 

Special Music Papago Park Church 

Message Moderator, Vernon Stif fler 

"Thought Transplants" 
12:00 Lunch 

Saturday Afternoon 
1:30- 3:30 Business 


Devotions Papago Park Church 

Reports of Special Committees 
Boards and Committees 




Executive Committee of General 
Reports of National Interests 
Mission Board 
Christian Education 

Executive Secretary of General 

3:45 S.S. Workshop Candi B& 

5:30 Dinner 

Saturday Evening 

7:30- 7:45 Song Service Anna Mae Br 

Devotions B. 

Message Rev. Alvin Shif 

Sunday Morning, May 17 

8:00 Breakfast 

10:00-11:00 Joint Sunday School Classes 
11:00-12:00 Worship 

Leader Rev. Clarence Stog 

Announcements Jim Bi 

Message Rev. Alvin Shif ■ 

Installation — Southwest District 
Conference Officers for 1971 by 
Moderator, Vernon Stiffler 

Benediction 1971 Moderl 

12:00 * Potluck Dinner in Fellowship Hall 

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Page Nineteen 


ates' bait box — 


setings Girls and Patronesses! 

Spring is on its way and we all know that witli it 
nes Spring Fever! Oh! What strange wonderful 
ngs spring does to a person's heart and soul! But . . . 
at does spring hold for Sisterhood? How about your 
■terhood? Are you going to get "the fever"? 
: recently sent out a questionnaire to every Sisterhood 
Toness: thus far they have revealed several things 
me and now I hope I can help some of you. (Thanks 
all the patronesses who returned the questionnaire!) 
Dne topic keeps repeating itself over and over — new 
as and/or new programs. We have tried over and 
?r to stress the idea that the model program given 
;h month in The Brethren Evangelist need not be 
lowed to a "T" or for that matter even used: it is 
!re as a guide to those who feel they need it. 
3ne of the main purposes of Sisterhood is for spiritual 
)wth and maturity. I cannot tell you in this article 
at each society needs or what each of your members 
id or like. For that reason I want to say again that 
1 should try to give programs that your own society 
nts — like on dating, parents, church doctrine, ever}'- 
/ problems — and the solutions to them based on Bible 

^ossibly too many societies are straying away from 
ual Bible study, more studying of the Bible truths 
It continually help in our everyday lives. We see so 
my people searching today, searching for "some- 
ng" to grasp on to, to give them a peace of mind, 
nfort, release from anxiety and worry. Why? Why 
! so many of our young people who have been 
)ught up in a Christian home among the throngs of the 
irchers? For this reason, I would suggest that each 
you strive for more Bible study, not the kind wliere 
u read a Scripture and let it go at that; but a deep 
irching of the Scriptures and discussion on how that 
ripture helps today or how it pertains to life in the 
DW" generation. (Patronesses, this is where you are 
illy responsible for the guiding of the discussion for 
is your know-how and experiences that show the 
'Is how the Lord can help them with their personal 

Another problem, though of a lesser degree, is raising 
mey. The other day as I was cleaning out my files 
;ame across this idea that some of you might want 

to try — especially if your girls always seem to be too 
busy to do anything! 

"Aiuiouncing' a Foodless Sale" 

A bit of news we have today, 
A foodless sale is on its way 
In these busy days, now who would bake 
a pie or cookies or even a cake? 

You'd be surprised if you counted the cost 

of materials, heat and the time you've lost. 

Cooking for sale is extra work, 
yet nobody wants to shirk. 

So we've thought of a plan that's really grand 
and we feel quite sure you'll understand. 

In this little envelope, please put the price 
of a pie or cake or something nice. 

Without fuss or bother, you've done your part. 
We're sure you'll give with a willing heart. 
This is the end of our Uttle tale. 
Wish us success for our Foodless Bake Sale! 

Tlie society that used this, typed a copy for each girl 
with an envelope that was attached on the back. Now 
there is nothing hard about that! 

Another "special interest" note for Senior Sisterhood 
girls: The National Sisterhood has set up a scholarship; 
tliis is available to any Sisterhood member who is 
planning to attend Ashland College in the fall, and who 
applies for it. (The Board decides who will receive it 
then.) So, girls, if any of you are interested please 
write to me as soon as possible so I can send you the 
necessary forms. (My address is: Nancy Bates, R.D. 1, 
Box 114, Mineral Point, Pennsylvania 15942.) 

So girls — and Patronesses — as Spring Fever "hits" 
each of us this year, may it also be a time of "Spirit 
Fever" ! Great things are in store for those who are will- 
ing to put forth some of the abundant energy God has 
given to us! 

God Bless You! 

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The Brethren Evang s 


at Berlin, Pennsylvania 

FIFTEEN OLD BIBLES were displayed Sunday eve- 
ning, March 9, 1970, in the First Brethren Church 
in Berlin. The occasion was an "Honor the Bible Night" 
when members of the congregation and friends of the 
church were invited to display their most aged Bible. 
The period from 1776 to 1903 was representative of the 
age of the Bibles. 

The oldest Bible on display was owned by the Rev. 
D. C. White of Berlin, semi-retired Brethren minister 
and former pastor of the First Brethren Church. It 
was printed in 1776 by Christopher Sower of Somerset 
County. It is the first Bible, reportedly, to have been 
printed in the United States in the German language. 
The pages are of hand-made paper, made from dissolved 
rags and the bark of trees, berries and colored dyes. 
The mass was then pounded out by hand into pages 
which are still in good condition. The type was also 
hand-carved from hardwood by Sower and his aids. At 
the time when Benjamin Franklin reportedly had a 
corner on the paper market and would sell only for 
cash. Sower for lack of funds had to make his own 
paper. The ink used in the printing is in a stage of per- 
fect preservation and can be easily read. The covers 
of the Bible are pieces of thin boards nailed to leather 
hinges. The binding is intact. Rev. White also showed 
a smaller edition of "The Life of Christ" printed in 

Somerset in 1818. There had been one earlier editioji 

the Bible written by hand for the American Indiar! 

The oldest English Bible represented was ownecfc 

Henry Fritz, printed in 1820. It belonged to his gji 

grandfather J. Weigle. Mr. Fritz and Rev. White it 

received three red carnations. Other Bibles on disj 

were owned by Mrs. Paul Bird, Sr., Mrs. John He]! 

Mrs. Leland Walker, Mrs. Walter Johnson, Mrs. IV i 

Werner, Ernest Walker, Dale Deem, Mrs. John K ' 

per, Ted Sarver, Mrs. Susan Glessner and Mrs. 1 

Bird, Jr. These people each received a white camai ' 

The Bibles were displayed on a pyramid covered ' 

red velvet. 

The theme for the event was "The Bible, The W 
Bible, and Nothing But The Bible" which appearec 
the velvet in white letters. In connection with this th 
the following hymns were sung by the congregat 
"We've a Story To TeU," and "Holy Bible, Book Divi 
A Men's Chorus consisting of Paul Bird, Sr., Paul I 
Jr., Rev. Leonard S. Bennett, Doyle Paul, and Bl 
Durst sang, "For You I Am Praying." The Primary 
partment of the Sunday school sang several select 
about the Bible, under the direction of Miss Carol Li 
Mrs. Laura Bird led the group in Responsive Readini 
titled "The Gospel." Sentence Prayers were offeree 

Left: Henry Fritz who brought the oldest Engl 
Bible dated 1820; and on the right is Rev. D. C. Wl 
who brought the oldest German Bible dated 1776. Th 
men aie holding their three red carnations Avhich -^ 
the reward for having found the oldest Bibles. ■ 

ril 11, 1970 

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rubers of the congregation. The Rev. Leonard S. 
inett presented the evening message depicting how 
)ortant the Bible should be in our lives, and the 
jortance of rearing children in a Christian home 
ler the influence of Bible study. 

Members of the class include, Mr. and Mrs. Paul 
Bird, Jr., Mr. eind Mrs. Stanley Leister, Mr. and Mrs. 
Blaine Durst, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Landis, and Mr. and 
Mrs. Doyle Paul. Paul Bird, Sr. is the Sunday School 

Bb VE BipE Hili 

THF , WHOLE l^^XBlEi ■ 


The theme for the event was "The Bible. The Whole 
Bible, and Nothing but the Bible" — the Bibles were 
displayed on red velvet. 

it's see, east means within, west means . . . 


7 raAT THE BIBLE has been trying to tell us all 
V along is something more than most believers 
ilize, according to an ex-lawyer and founder of the 
w Thought Churches. 

lack Ensign Addington, radio broadcaster in San 
3go, claims to have stumbled onto a magnificent key 
symbols in the Scriptures which offer the reader a 
lole new dimension of meaning. 

T have no intention of trying to change anyone's 
liefs about the Bible," the Rev. Mr. Addington told 
' News Service. "The Bible is so personal to each one 
us that this would be rather presumptuous on my 
rt. I feel that what I have done through this book 
U be a supplimentary thing — something added unto." 
3r. Addington was referring to The Hidden Mystery 
the Bible, his new book which explains in detail the 
;ret meaning of key words and certain numbers and 

3e cites, for example, the word Eli in Hebrew which 
ans "My God." So when Samuel was studying under 
i he was actually studying under God. The word land 

is said to mean consciousness; east refers to the within; 
the west to the without. The north is conscious mind 
and the south the subconscious mind. 

With this code, Isaiah 43:5 is translated by Dr. Adding- 
ton: "Fear not, for I am with thee. I will bring the seed 
I ideas) from the east (within) and gather thee from 
the west (outer appearances)." 

As for numbers, 7 is the most used (494 times) and 
indicates perfection: 12 is the number of spiritual ful- 
fillment and completion; the number 40 has symbolic 
meaning indicating an indefinite but complete period of 
time. It also indicates to Dr. Addington stages of spirit- 
ual growth in consciousness. Moses, therefore, went "up 
into the mount" (a high state of exalted spiritual con- 
sciousness) for 40 days and 40 nights. Elijah was 40 
days and 40 nights on Mount Horeb, etc. 

At this point my birds (liberated thoughts) have be- 
come creeping things (subtle thoughts that tempt) as I 
view all these widows (half truths). Or is my Leah 
(weary ) brain suffering from Ammon (disorderly 
thinking) ? 

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Sarasota, Florida 
February 22 - March I, 1970 

long remember the first-hand missionary reports 
from the soul-hungered millions of India, the teeming 
millions of the great sk5'scraper city of Buenos Aires, 
Argentina, and the rugged barren bush country of 
Nigeria, West Africa. Our hearts will never be the same 
as we became a part of the dedicated and sacrificing 
Brethren missionaries who "told it like it is" to millions 
around the world. Rev. Larry Bolinger, Nigeria, West 
Africa; Rev. Virgil Ingraham, General Secretary of the 
National Mission Board and just returned from India; 
and Mr. and Mrs. John Rowsey and fcunily from Argen- 
tina, South America stirred our hearts with never-to-be 
forgotten enthusiasm, love and heart-felt concern for 
the regions beyond. 

During the meetings we also had a first-hand report 
of our Home Mission work in St. Petersburg with Rev. 
and Mrs. Phil Lersch and a challenge by Rev. Lersch 
for World Relief. First-hand reports from Southeast 
Asia were' also given by Rev. and Mrs. Harry Liu, world 
missionaries from Pocket Testament League; and 

special music was presented by organist and pianist 
Bill Fasig, of "Music for Missions," CAVEA, and or 
ist for Billy Graham team — in North America 
Leighton Ford and South America with Luis Palau. 

Special features were slides, displays, an info] 
morning "Chat and Snack" coffee hour with lady 
sionaries, and a Saturday morning missionary breah 
for men. During the meeting we had several rede 
tions and one first-time confession, and over $6,00 
the missionary faith promise offering. Last year 
faith promise was $4,000. This increase was in spit 
the fact that the members and friends of First Bretl 
have entered into a fund raising progrEmi of 
$150,000 for a new church sanctuary with a goa 
$50,000 in cash by Easter. At this writing we alr< 
have $25,000. 

Christ's command is, "Go and preach the Gospt 
every creature." Presenting the Gospel of Jesus CI 
to the lost at home and abroad should ever be our ; 
What else matters? 

— J. D. Hamel, Pastor 

Back Row: 

Front Row 

Mr. Bill Fasig, Rev. Larry Bolinger, Rev. Harry 
Liu, Ml-. John Rowsey, Rev. Phil Lersch, Rev. J. 
D. Hamel, Rev. M. Virgil Ingraham. 

Mrs. Harry Liu, Mrs. John Rowsey, Mrs. Phil 


•il 11, 1970 

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Hebrews for 1970 


IUNDREDS of books and aiticles have recently 
been written about the decade of the 70's: 
! challenges; the hopes; the feai's; tlie oppor- 
lities and the dangers that lie just aliead of 
itemporary civilization. Each person has per- 
lal views on the decade ahead and his own 
dysis of the decade just past. 
Dn one thing everyone seems agreed: the rate 
change in the 70's will suipass even that of 
; hectic 60's. Our problems will become lai'ger 
i more complex. The teeming metropolitan 
iters will continue to be greatly troubled as the 
iflict between the poverty-stricken and the 
itablishment" intensifies. 

Ecological imbalance, racial tensions, wai' and 
[es, pills and immorality all will, no doubt, de- 
md gigantic coverage in the mass media. And, 
Oe each of us has some ideas about solutions 
these pei-plexing problems, veiy few of us will 
ve opportunity to put our solutions into wide- 
•ead practice. 

Unfortunately, our very best solutions would 
>bably be doomed to failure anyway. Man is 
m. In most cases, man is unregenerate ... he is 
)ne to sin, he is selfish, he is mean. To him, 
)ebter way is one which yields a higher percent- 
s of profit ... or more enjoyment ... or im- 
)ved status. 

Yet, we Christians know that the only real way 
change the world and alleviate human suffering 
thi'ough Jesus Christ. Dai'e we keep this secret? 

Phis yeai- the BYC Bible Quiz is covering the 
3k of Hebrews whose main theme centers on the 
periority of Christ to all alternatives. The study 
Hebrews is always a rich experience and we 

encourage every chuiTh to involve its youth in the 
1970 Bible Quiz. 

The most important pai't of quizzing is the study 
itself. Every team should be led in a study of the 
book as a unit to insure understanding before 
stalling to deal with practice questions. Always 
build on a fimi foundation. 

To assist the youth in gaining deeper appreci- 
ion for Hebrews, the official version of the 
scriptures is Today's English Version, "Good News 
for Modern Man." The reading is easy, under- 
standable, and meaningful and all will benefit 
from their studies. 

If you haven't given quizzing a second thought, 
do it now. Christ is the answer to the world's 
problems. Where better could we prepare our 
young Brethren for life and sei-vice in a confused 
world, than through an intensive study of God's 
Helps for Studying Hebrews 

1. Bai'clay, William. The Letter to the Hebrews. 

Philadelphia: Westminster, 1957 ($2.95). 

2. Bruce, F. F. Commentary on the Epistle to the 

Hebrews. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans ($6.00). 

3. Kelly, B. H. (ed.) The Laymen's Bible Com- 

mentary, Vol. 24, Richmond, Virginia: John 
Knox Press, 1966 ($1.95). 

4. Douglas, J. D. The New Bible Dictionary. 

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1962 ($12.95). 
For quiz rules write: 

Board of Christian Education 

524 College Avenue 

Ashland, Ohio 44805 
or consult the Febi-uary 14, 1970 issue of The 
Brethren Evangelist or the Mai'ch issue of BCE 

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Brethren Youth Crusaders are on the march! The 
young people of The Brethren Church are showing 
signs of potential greatness in leadership. 

At the present time, The Brethren Church has young 
people in colleges and universities from coast to coast, 
we have young men and women in important leadership 
positions in the military, in business and industry. 

In our opinion, the future has never looked brighter 
for youthful Christians. There are opportunities every- 

This year we will witness the launching of our new 
Crusader campaign in which college-age youth will 
participate in a variety of ministries and services with 
local Brethren congregations. 

This is a positive approach to the church and its 
work. While there is a mountain of work to be done, our 
young people are willing to trust that they, under the 
guidance of God's Holy Spirit, can "move mountains." 

Much more can and will be done in the years ahead. 
But we feel that inertia has been overcome . . . we're 
moving forward and it's exciting! 

Show your support for Brethren Youth . . . plan now 
to make a substantial financial investment in your 
denominational youth ministry! 




"Sites for the 70's" is the theme for the National 
BYC Project for 1969-70. Our ChaUenge Budget goal is 
$13,100 and $8,000 of that is designated for the Project. 
Any monies over and beyond the Budget goal that are 
receix'ed at the Ingathering in August will be added to 
the Project fund. 

The two "sites" selected to receive the BYC Project 
money are the Crestwood Brethren Church at Fort 
Wa.vne, Indiana, and Brethren Bible Mission at Rajah- 
mund^, India. Fort Wayne is a city with a fast growing 
population and we have a new congi-egation there. A 
home has been purchased where services are presently 
being held and work is continuing to canvass and sur- 
vey the neighborhood. Several special events have been 
held to acquaint people of the area with the Crestwood 
Brethren Church. Rev. Charles Lowmaster, pastor of 
the Elkhart I Brethren Church, is serving as pastor of 
Crestwood, also. Funds received from the BYC Project 
will be used to further the ministry of our newest 
Brethren Church. 

The Brethren Bible Mission has begun its work in 
Rajahmundry, India, under the direction of Prasantha 
Kumar who took his theological training at Ashland 
Theological Seminary. Kumar and his wife, Nirmala, 
along with their little daughter, Shanthi, began work 
in their homeland in January, 1970. In the short three 
months since their arrival in India progress has been 

made — a new home has been acquired for the dir( i 
and his famUy, literature distribution has begun a 
house has been rented for an orphanage. It was d 
mined that it would be more economical to make f : 
ture than to buy ready-made items so work has bf 
with logs being obtained, board length cut out and i 
niture being assembled. Nirmala is going to supei , 
this effort. A portion of the BYC Project fund wi I 
channeled into our newest world mission work in Ii i 

"Sites for the 70's" brochures have been preparei 
the Board of Christian Education and were sen 
quantity to each pastor (or church secretary whe 
pastorate is vacant) along with the May Youth Offe 
folders. The office still has a good supply of the fol 
left so if your church would like to have more 
you received, please send us word of how many r 
you need and to whom they should be sent and we 
be glad to supply them. 

Let's keep working hard in the final months 
before Ingathering in August to make this year's Bu 
go over the top! 


The New Paris BYC started the 1969-70 year wit 
Seniors and 11 Juniors. On September 7, 1969, the 
lowing officers were elected: 

President PhO Bender 

Vice President Randy Yoder 

Secretary Kathy Bitting 

Treasurer Jan Swartz 

Pianist Jeannine McGowen 

Song Leader Nancy Smoker 

Photographers Rick McGowen & 

Greg Hooley 
Leaders for the year are Mr. and Mrs. Robert He 
for the Seniors and Mr. and Mrs. Gene Bitting for 

We started the year's activities with a progres 
supper, ending the evening with a swimming part, 
the home of Denny, Randy and Tim Yoder. 

In the fall we had an ice creaun social and had a . 
concession stand at an auction sale thereby ean 
som.e money for the National Project. 

We had our 3rd annual Youth Banquet held dui 
the special Evangelistic Services at which time 
Richard Kuns spoke to the young people. 

The Senior youth retained the attendance banner 
small churches at the fall Youth Rally held at Go; 
Brethren Church. 

Our meetings so far have been in the form of gi 
discussion on a variety of subjects. Some of our o 
activities have included a hayride, a trip to Fort W< 
to see a Hockey game and we went to South Ben 
see and hear Mickey Cruz speak and show a film.1 
On November 30th the youth sponsored an all-y( 
sing for the Sunday evening service which was ' 
good. Included were singing groups from our chi 
and other churches and from school. 

We went Christmas caroling in December and 
turned to the church for refreshments. 

— Secretary, Kathy Bitting 

il 11, 1970 

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t: "He that winneth souls is 
wise." {Proverbs 11 -.30) 
"They that he wise shall 
shine as the brightness of 
the firmament ; and they 
that turn to righteousness as 
the stars for ever and ever." 
{Daniel 12:3) 

isolated from the great sweep 
Biblical truth. The chief end of 
n is to glorify God and to enjoy 
n forever, according to the 
stminster Shorter Catechism, 
must not forget this when 
have a conference devoted to the 
iject of Evangelism. Evangelism 
st be evaluated in the light of the 
ine program as revealed in 
i's Word. Evangelism is defined 
the Church in several ways. The 
rd is derived from the Greek 
ingelion meaning "good news," or 
m the verb euangelizo, meaning 
' proclaim the good news." 
angelism deals with a message, or 
announcement, or a proclamation, 
I the publishing of that message, 
nee, it is connected with the 
jek word kerrusso, meaning "to 
•aid," and kerygma, meaning "the 
itent of the message of the herald." 
Jnfortunately, evangelism has 
in equated by many in the 
dern Church with social action. 
e debate between Will Oursler, 
iimnist, and Colin Williams — then 
•ector of Evangelism of the 
tional Council of Churches — in 
54 in the Chi'istian Herald points 
this modem issue. Oursler asked, 
the National Council through 
:h evangelism?" Colin Williams 
ponded, "No, it is doing more 
ective and more Christian 
mgelism than ever." Oursler 
u'ged that the NCC had changed 
method of evangelism from 
\it "which believes in the primacy 
the spreading of the doctrine of 
lividual redemption through 
rist," to one using "approaches 
it blend together the social, 
>nomic, political and religious issues 







Position Paper given at the U. S. Congress on Evan- 
gelism, Minneapolis, September 8-13, 1969, by Dr. Harold 
J. Ockenga, Ph.D.. President of Gordon College and 
Divinity School. 

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The Brethren Evanf i 

of the day." He felt that the NCC 
had turned away "from the 
Christ-centered concept to the 
worldly, from commitment to God, 
to the cai'e of specific social ills." 
Colin Williams replied, "What is 
evangelism? It is allowing- Christ to 
show us what His life means for 
us today. It requires us to explore 
new shapes of obedience that God's 
Word is calling forth in our 
world; it requires us also to explore 
the shapes of Church life needed to 
reveal Christ's gracious presence 
with men in the structiires of 
common life." Evangelism thus was 
equated with social action for the 
leadership of the National Council 
of Churches. 

The tendency in the United 
Presbyterian Church is to identify 
evangelism with social action. The 
Confession of 1967 calls for this 
kind of involvement of the Church 
in the sociological, political and 
economic decisions of the day. There 
are those within the Presbyterian 
Church who oppose this tendency 
and have ai'ticulated their 
position, but it has not affected the 
general trend of the denominational 

The seculai" theologians have 
summoned the Church to take the 
lead in the radical, social revolution of 
this age. Some, like Hai'vey Cox, 
advocate the involvement of the 
Church in every secular activity. 
Evangelism has nothing to do with 
the radical i-evolution now in progress 
under the leadership of the new Left. 

Evangelism takes excei^tion to the 
universalistic theology widely 
expressed in Church circles today. 
This is illustrated in the Confession 
of 1967. According to it, the question 
one would ask is not "Are you 
saved?" but, "Do you know that you 
are saved ?" There is a world of 
difference between these two 
approaches. One assumes that God 
has wrought salvation for the 
sinner, but that he must res]3ond to 
Divine overtures or be lost. The 

other assumes that God has already 
reconciled the world unto Himself and 
that the sinner is saved, so that 
all he needs to do is to be informed 
of the fact. Dr. Harold Lindsell in 
the Bibliotheca Sacra has examined 
the universalism of much of the 
theology of the modern Church. • 
Such universalism will spell the death 
knell of evangelism. 

Evangelism is the annunication 
to the world of the Gospel, with the 
object of convincing men of sin and 
leading them to a positive faith 
in Jesus Christ. Evangelism is 
announcing good news ver'bally, 
vocally; it is not social action. Results 
of evangelism must be left to the 
Holy Spirit, for the converting, 
regenerating of man is done by God 
through His Holy Spirit. 
Nevertheless, the proclamation 
of the good news with the puipose 
of convicting men of the truth 
is the supreme task of the Church. 

Evangelism must be described with 
an eye to Biblical theology. It is 
to be understood in the light of 
the complete Biblical position. This 
reveals the responsibility of 
publication of the Gospel in different 

First is that of one-to-one. This is 
personal witnessing. There are many 
illustrations of this in the New 
Testament, such as Jesus with the 
woman at the well of Sychai% 
Jesus with Nicodemus at night, Jesus 
with the rich young ruler, Philip and 
the Ethiopian eunuch, and others. 
This demands an immediate decision. 
Unfortunately, too many of us 
think that people have to keep 
hearing the Gospel again and again 
before they are competent to make 
such a decision. Paget Wilkes in the 
book Dynamic of Service reveals 
that even in Japan it was possible 
in evangelistic campaigns to 
]3resent the Japanese with the 
Gospel, to expect a decision, and 
to see such commitments to Christ 
all in the same sei-vice. We need 
to remember that if people reject 

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rGospel, it is our responsibility 
love on to others. We ai'e to 
e the prepai'ation of individuals 
lie Spirit of God and present the 
pel so that the Spirit can 
net and convert the individual, 
scondly, there is the relationship 
)ne-to-the-many. This niight 
Uustrated by Jesus' preaching 
lie Sermon on the Mount, or 
Peter's preaching at Pentecost, 
^aul's preaching at Pisidian 
ioch. It is the proclamation of 
Good news to masses of 
1. In our day Billy Graham is the 
inely-appointed evangelist of this 
i. God has privileged liini to 
ich the Gospel to more people than 

other preacher of history, and 
eaJize fi-uitfulness in that 

'he third relationship is the 
ly-to-the-many. On the day of 
tecost, 120 people were filled 
h. the Holy Spirit and went out 
)ear witness. As a result, when 
er preached the Gospel seiTnon 
gave the invitation, 3,000 people 
■e converted. Jesus sent 70 
dples out to prepai'e the way for 
1 in His ministry in Galilee 

Samai'ia. A united campaign of 
3onal witnessing is most 
!ctive in bringing results, 
mgelism can be done on the 
ividual level, the level of 
i^by-two, the level of church 
jtings, and the level of great 
perative crusades or campaigns. 
ich of these methods is used is 
naterial to the total evangelistic 
k. Sometimes we might embrace 
m all. 

'vangelism has been discussed by 
in this conference for six 
s. It has been the paramount 
ect of our attention. Yet, we 
st remember that evangelism is 

the only important subject 
>ur Christian theology and 

i^he Christian must conceni 
iself with glorifying God, with 
^■ship, with conceni for others, 

with holiness of chai-acter and 
with action. We must not forget the 
personal yearning for intimacy 
with Jesus Christ as our example, 
for when this is satisfied, out of it 
comes our confession and our 
compassion. It is more important for 
us to yield a demonstration of 
being rather than a demonstraltion 
of doing. Doing should follow being 
as the night follows the day. When 
we have the mind of Christ, the 
heai't of Christ and the will of 
Christ, we shall be committed to 
evangelism as our goal and ministry. 

As obedient unto Jesus our Lord, I 
declai'e that the evangelistic 
incumbency stands, the evangelistic 
expectancy inspires, and the 
evangelistic equipment enables us to 
fulfill the goal of taking the 
Gospel to evei'y creature. 
I. The Incumbency Stands 

Eveiything in the Resun-ection 
ministry of our Lord has a foi-ward 
look. The most oft-repeated 
commandment by Him, during His 
post-resuiTection ministry is what 
we call "The Gi'eat Coaiimission." 
This exists in different fomis in 
the Synoptic Gospels and in the Book 
of Acts, but it contains His precepts. 
His program. His promises, and 
His provision for the fulfillment of 
the evangelization of the world. 
This is to continue during the whole 
age, called the "Economy of the 
Spirit" or the "Economy of Grace." 
The age may be drawing to a close, 
but the program still stands. 
Evangelism is the Lord's watchword 
for the Church until He comes 

The Church may be turning away 
from this emphasis to that of a 
socio-ethical message, but it must 
be called back to its eternal task 
in the midst of a changing society. 
An analysis of the Resun-ection 
commandments of our Lord reveals 
the following points of emphasis: 

First, is world missions : this is 
given primacy for the whole age, 
called "the acceptable yeai' of the 

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Lord." He commanded us to teach all 
nations, baptizing- them ; to preach 
unto all nations, beginning at 
Jerusalem; to preach the Gospel to 
every creature, and He sent us as 
the Father had sent Him. This 
witnessing was to begin at 
Jerusalem, continue through Judea 
and Samai-ia, unto the utteiTiiost pai'ts 
of the earth. The blessing of 
the Lord is attendant upon the 
individual and upon the Church 
which fulfills this primaiy 
commission for the age. It is time 
for us to re-evaluate the work of the 
Church in the light of the patent 
commission to world missions. 

According to Dr. Donald McGavran 
of the Institute of Church Growth, 
there are two billion unevangelized 
people in the world today. He 
criticized the World Council of 
Churches for its lack of concern to 
get the Gospel to these two billion 
in its zeal to refomi the social 
structure, economically and 
politically. These two billion must be 
our responsibility. 

The Divinely-given progi'am of 
the Lord Jesus Christ must be 
fulfilled. It has never been 
withdrawn and it is incumbent 
upon us today ; thus, we ai'e to preach 
the Gospel to the world, to evei-y 
creatui'e, to all kindreds, and to 
all nations. It is heartening to see 
that this vision is still held by the 
dynamic organization of Campus 
Crusade for Christ, already having 
1,800 workers in various nations of 
the eai'th, as well as in the United 
States. It is their goal and intention 
to have 10,000 staff members in 
the nations of the earth training 
indigenous Christians to teach others 
how to witness and to win people 
to Christ. It is possible to disciple 
the nations in this generation. 

The Lord Jesus has given to us the 
power to accomplish this task 
in the gift of the Holy Spii'it. 
The Holy Spirit was bestowed upon 
the Church at Pentecost, and He 
enters the life of every believer 

at his regeneration. It is our 
responsibility to appropriate by 
faith this available resource, in order 
to do the work of evangelism. 
In the proportion that we meet the 
Biblical conditions and prerequisites 
of the Spirit-filled life, we may 
have the power and the anointing of 
the Holy Spirit for this great task. 

The second aspect of the gi'eat 
incumbency is soul-winning. Jesus 
said we are to make disciples and 
unto St. Paul he said, ". . . to turn 
them from darkness to light." The 
prerequisites of such discipling 
are a knowledge of the truth, and 
exercise of faith, and an exhibition 
of life. One cannot communicate 
the truth unless he knows the truth 
as it is contained in the Gospel. 
The exercise of faith is essential to 
our belief that Jesus Christ will do 
what He has promised to do. And our 
knowledge of life comes not only 
from eternal life, but the abundant 
life which Jesus gives to us now. 
The provision has been made for us 
in the fomi of the Word of God, 
prayer and the Holy Spirit. 
Knowledge of the Word, so as to be 
able to use it with efficacy, is 
essential. Practice of prayer, in 
which we hold before the Lord the 
persons we intend to evangelize, 
releases the Spirit who will prepare 
them to hear the Word. Then comes 
practice. Nothing can substitute 
for engagement in soul-winning. In 
athletics, in music, in ai't, in poetiy, 
in any other realm we must get to 
work if we ai"e to be effective. The 
same is true in evangelism. The 
devil will have many reasons 
which he will bring to our minds 
to prevent us from beginning the 
evangelistic practice. Better it is to 
attempt evangelism and to fail than 
not to attempt it. If we never 
attempt it, we will never be 

The third element in the Great 
Coimnission is that we shall teach all 
things whatsoever the Lord hath 

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'manded us. There is a body of 
;h which has been transmitted to 
Tom Jesus through His apostles 

contained in the Word of God 
eh we are to teach. This truth 
3rs matters of salvation and 
ife. We do not live lives in a 
uum, and we do not do our 
aching or witnessing in a vacuum. 

must have the framework of 
;h given to us in Biblical 
slation. Such teaching is 
ngelism. Teaching and evangelism 

interconnected ; one may be 
ed the didache and the other the 
j^gma, but the kerygma is 
^ectual without the didache. 
h truth must be applied to 
vy area of life. After Jesus' 
arrection He tarried, teaching 
m "things pertaining to tlie 
gdom." This means that our 
:hing reaches into the ai'ea 
jconomics, of politics, of 
cation, of family life, of 
ertainment and of any other 
Im you might mention, and all 
st be brought under the aegis of 
'he last area is that of action. 

must have an expression to the 
th that we believe, an ai'ticulation 
>ur faith. Demonstrations, 
olvement in social activity, and 
rection of social ills ai'e not 
ngelism, but they may set 

stage for evangelism. Certainly, 

Lord Jesus emphasized a true 
nanism on the pai't of His 
pie. We ai-e to do good unto 
mbers of the household of faith 
I to all men. We ai'e to remember 
t inasmuch as we have done acts 
nerey unto those in prison, or 
'Se sick, or those hungiy, we have 
le it unto Him. True faith is love 
action; love is being widely 
phasized in all branches of 
dstian service today, giving 
ae evidence of a rediscovery 
the primacy of love in Christian 
vice. We must not forget that 
3 is part of the incumbency upon 

II. The Expectancy Inspires 

The forwai'd look holds before us 
the advent of our Lord Jesus Christ 
in glory. He will come personally, 
gloriously and catastrophically. 
This advent is the incentive to 
evangelize. We know that we must 
all stand before the Judgment Seat 
of Christ to answer for the deeds 
done in the body; that examination 
should ever be before us in our 
thought. This may be called the 
eschatological hope. Biblical thinking 
emphasizes that there were 
certain points in histoiy or, as 
Oscar Cullman states, in the time-line, 
which may be mai'ked. One is the 
Creation, another the Incarnation, 
another the Crucifixion, another 
the Resurrection. In like manner, the 
Second Coming will occur in histoiy. 

Preparatoiy to the advent we have 
been given signs of the times. 
Most prominent among these is the 
return of Israel to Palestine, with 
the establishment of an independent 
nation and the return of Jerusalem 
unto Israel's control. Jesus declared 
that this mai'ked the end of the times 
of the Gentiles (Luke 21:24). 
The recent moon shot and landing 
on the moon, which was covered by 
TV and seen by over six hundred 
million people, suggests the 
fulfillment of the prophecy of 
David Samoff, that by 1970 two 
billion people will be able to observe 
the same event simultaneous. 
If Messrs. Annstrong, Aldrin and 
Collins could be seen by six hundred 
million simultaneously, and heai'd by 
billions over the radio, it is not 
beyond natural possibility that 
"every eye shall behold Christ" upon 
His return in glory. We witness 
revolutions occurring in nations 
over the eai-th, so that 33 new 
nations have been added to the United 
Nations since 1961, and many 
new nations have appeared in 
Southeast Asia. Revolution even 
threatens in the United States with 
the open threats from the New 
Left. Simultaneously, there is the 

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centralization of governments; tliere 
is the increase of knowledge to 
astronomic proportions ; there is 
the rise of iniquity and the increase 
of apostasy in the Church, so that we 
have every reason to believe 
that the sig'ns preliminai'y to the 
coming of our Lord in glory have 
'been fulfilled. Nevertheless, we 
must not be preoccupied with 
prophecy so as to prevent us from 
fulfilling the evang-elistic incumbency. 

Although we believe in the 
eschatological hope as a point 
in history, we must know the 
eschatological experience; that is, 
we must be concerned with the 
experience of intimacy with God, of 
realizing that God is with us, to judge 
or to bless, constantly. This 
emphasizes the holiness, assurance 
and salvation of experience now. 
The presence of Christ, both in us 
and over against us, inspires and 
impels us to action now. He is here, 
even as He is coming. Few of us act 
because of future rewai'ds or 
punishments which we shall receive 
at the Judgment Seat of Christ. 
Rather, we act from the confidence 
of what is pleasing to Christ now. 
This is the greatest incentive to 
evangelism, just as it is to missions 
and to Christian action. It is the 
love of Clirist which constraineth us. 

Eschatological action results 
from the eschatological hope and 
experience. Jurgen Moltmann 
expresses in the Theology of Hope 
the fact that those who hold the 
hope of an advent of Christ as a 
point in time, also seek to anticipate 
the establishment of the Kingdom 
by involvement in action to fulfill 
the standards of the Kingdom now. 
This means that we have an incentive 
from the eschatolog-ical hope to 
present action. In similai' ways our 
eschatology or our future look 
should govern our evangelism. Peter 
tells us that we are to "hasten unto 
the coming of the day of our 
Lord Jesus Christ." We make 
such haste by attempting to fulfill 

the Great Coimmission, especially 
through evangelism. It is tlirough 
the universal proclamation of the 
Gospel that we prepare for the 
advent of our Lord. 
in. The Equipment Enables 

In commissioning us to world 
evangelism, Jesus Christ has not left 
us without the means of fulfilling 
this. For this reason He commanded 
His disciples to wait at Jerusalem 
until they were endued with power 
from on high. He promised, "Ye 
shall receive the Holy Spirit not 
many days hence." The Holy Spirit 
came from the resurrected, ascended 
and glorified Christ on the Day of 
Pentecost. He is now here in the 
Church ; thus, we may say that 
Christ is here in our heai'ts and in our 
midst by the Holy Spirit, in the 
Holy Spirit's person, attributes and 
actions. It is our responsibility to 
close with this promise of God by 
faith, so that we may be Spirit-filled 
for the puiijose of evangelism. The 
Holy Spirit is the agent of the 
Trinity in the world today. This is 
the age of the Spirit. He is the 
executor of the Trinity. It was the 
Father who elected, predestined, and 
decreed the plan of redemption and 
the salvation of His people. It was 
the Son who fulfilled all requirements 
of redemption by His incarnation. 
His crucifixion, and His resurrection. 
It is the Holy Spirit who applies 
redemption unto individuals today. 
Without the work of the Holy Spirit, 
the plan of redemption would be 
incomplete. Thus, we must depend 
upon Him to convict of sin, to 
convert, and to change men. There 
is no way to evangelize without 
dependence upon the Holy Spirit. 
This is His essential prerogative. 

We must enjoy this Pentecostal 
unction if we are to be evangelistic. 
John says, "You have an unction of 
the Holy One." That unction first of 
all is for purity in experience. 
We must know the cleansing of the 
Holy Spirit so thalt all corniption 
and iniquity ai'e consumed. We must 

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t wliatevei' conditions are 
ribed in Scripture as prerequisites 
■eing filled with the Spirit, 
se include confession of our need, 
;ecration of all ourself unto God, 
ng upon Him in prayer for the 
■it, committing ourself to Him in 
h and, finally, obeying Him in 
injunctions. In the percentage 
; we fulfill these conditions, we 
' know purity of heart which is 
jssential for true evangelism, 
entecostal unction produces 
jpicuity in enlightenment. 
,ngelical intuition does not come 
n study; it comes from the gift 
;he Holy Spirit. Then our studies 
in to beai- meaning. Peter's 
-tecostal semion was an outline of 
matics, because all that he 
been taught fell into place under 
enlightemnent of the Holy 
dt. This evangelical intuition is 
an intellectual attaimnent, but 
piritual attaimiient. Christianity 
iitellectually defensible, but such 
dlectual apologetics do not 
te Christians. Christians ai'e 
ie by the Holy Spiiit. I would 
ler trust evangelical intution of 
pirit-filled Christian than the 
^Uectual achievement of high-level 

'entecostal unction produces power 
mdeavor. This becomes an 
inting for sei-vice. Under the 
-discipline, the exercise of faith, 
the manifestation of obedience, 
may know the power of the 
y Spirit resting upon us and 
'illiiig God's puiiDose through, our 

'he Pentecostal puiiDose is to fulfill 
Great Commission. Jesus 
imitted to us the Gospel which 
i unifonnly presented by the 
■sties in the New Testament. He 
vided us with a program in the 

Great Commission, and He equipped 
us with a power. The Holy Spirit is 
available for believers in the 
work which God has commissioned 
us to do. If we are powerless, 
we are without excuse, because the 
Holy Spirit has been given to the 
Church at Pentecost. The Spirit is 
here, in the Church, and in our 
lives, equipping us to do the work 
until it is done. The Holy Spirit-filled 
man then is evangelistic, missionai'y 
and compassionate. 

What shall we say then about the 
forwai'd look ? Let us say what 
God said to the Israelites, "Speak 
unto my people that they go 
forwai'd." Israel was at that time at 
bay between the desert, the Red 
Sea, the hosts of Pharaoh. Just so, 
the Church often feels at bay, or 
in a cul-de-sac today. The Israelites 
under Moses acted upon God's 
Word, and the waters were divided, 
bringing them a victorious experience. 
We need to act upon God's Word in 
our evangelistic endeavor, expecting 
the supernatural today. 

We look to the past foundation 
for what God has done. The kerygma 
declai'es this and is the basis for 
evangelism. We have an objective 
faith which we must subjectively 
believe. We look to the present for 
the experience of God. We must 
know the intimacy with God through 
the new birth, through Spirit-filled, 
and through compassionate love for 
others. Here we see the unction of 
God working in us. We look to the 
future for a transformed world. 
Jesus Christ is coming again. We 
have the assurance that this is God's 
work, God's method, God's purpose, 
and God's victory. Thus, we work in 
hope and assurance of evangelistic 


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In This Issue: 

Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial: "Swan Song" 3 

The Board of Christian Education 
Promotional Materials 4 

"Creed or Chaos" 
by Dorothy Sayers 11 

World Relief Commission Officials Honored 
by Government of Vietnam 19 

Church and District Reports 19 

World Religious News in Review 20 

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For all we know we may not see 

Another dawning day. 
This is a secret known to God, 

Reserved for Him to say. 

If He should say to you tonight, 
"I now demand your soul," 

Would you at once be filled with fright 
And lose your self-control? 

I doubt if many want to die. 
But we should be prepared. 

This very instant there are some 
Whose lives will not be spared. 

If you have never known the Lord; 

The peace that He can give. 
Then yield to Him your stubborn will; 

This is imperative. 

Ask Him to wash away your sins 
Before they take their toll. 

Your soul will now be in good hands 
When He has full control. 

Norman McPhersi 



A group of young people during the 
Life Work Recruit Seminar represent vai 
geographical locations. In the foregroui 
Bruce Ronk (Ohio) ; second row — Eu, 
Hill (Pennsylvania), Shai^on Stoffer (0; 
Nancy Ronk (Ohio), Clara Bolton (Oi 
back row — Gwen Stogsdill (Aiizona) 
Sheryl Stogsdill (Indiana). 

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Ciwan Song 

IIS issue of The Brethren Evangelist is the 
last one prepared by the pi-esent Editor. It 
been seven years less one month since I came 
the office to learn the work, and to become 
or a month later. 

lese have been rewarding- years for me. Much 
been learned about the denomination and the 
i that is being- done in "Ashland." Many new 
ids ha\"e been made in the denomination as I 
! visited the various disti'icts presenting the 
V of The Brethren Publishing Company. These 
idships will be treasui'ed for etei'nity. 
truly appreciate the many letters and words 
icouragement that have come my way during 
time. Too often we humans magnify the ad- 
8 criticism that comes our way, forgetting- the 
y good things that have been done for us, or 
ito us. Truly, the g-ood things outnumber the 
rse things many, many times as I have sensed 
Brethren Church in this capacity, 
has always been a source of pleasure to know 
cooperation which I have received from Mr. 
ard DeVeny and his men in the shop as we 
■ printed the magazine. These men have gone 
)f their way to give me help in this work. 

There have been many out in the denomination, 
botli ministers and laity, who have responded to 
my request for articles and help in the printing 
and promotion of the magazine. This is tnily 

The other employees in the Bookstoi'e aiid on 
the Editorial staff have always g-iven cooperation 
and this, too, is appi-eciated. Without the help of 
many of these people, the work would not iiave 
been pleasant. 

As we turn the work of the editor over to Mr. 
George Schuster, we wisir for him the vei-y best, 
and we trust that the members of the denomina- 
tion will give him the same support they have 
given me. Tliis is not an easy job — especially at 
the Ijeginning, therefore I would urge you to give 
your new Editor the best of your support as well 
as your prayers as he begins to feel his way 
through this work. 

Again, thank you for your cooperation and 

We trust that Mr. Schuster's work will be just 
as rewai'ding to him. 

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NEGRO evangelist, Tom Skinner, recently told an 
audience of some three hundred evangelical youth 
leaders that "there will be a revolution . . . our job is 
to decide who will lead it and what form it will take." 
Will there be riots in the streets or a "revolution of 
revelation?" To some extent, the decision belongs to 
us and to the young people to whom we minister. 

Youth are sensitive to the fact that talk alone is not 
enough. Dr. Herbert Locke, Director of Religious affairs 
at Wayne State University, and formerly assistant 
Chief of Police in Detroit, Michigan, suggested that "if 
we evangelicals took our rhetoric seriously, we could 
reform the world." And, as any casual observer can 
clearly see, there are a multitude of areas into wliich 
the church could and should move decisively. 

The time has come for the people of faith . . . evan- 
gelical Christians ... to take James seriously. He says: 
"My brothers, what use is it for a man to say he has 
faith when he does nothing to show it? Can that faith 
save him? Suppose a brother or a sister is in rags with 
out enough food for the day, and one of you says, 'Good 
luck to you, keep yourselves warm, and have plenty 
to eat,' but does nothing to supply their bodily needs, 
what is the good of that? So witli faith: if it does not 
lead to action, it is in itself a lifeless thing." Obviously 
it is not enough for us to continue. 

David Head in his book, HE SENT LEANNESS: A 
came close to the truth when he penned the following 

We miserable owners of increasingly luxurious 
cars, and ever expanding television screens, do 
most humbly pray for that two-thirds of the 
world's population tliat is undernourished . . . 
We who seek to maintain a shaky civilization 
do pray most earnestly that the countries which 
suffer exploitation may not be angry with the 
exploiters, that the hungry may not harbor re- 
sentment against those who have food, that the 
downtrodden may take it patiently, that nations 
with empty larders may prefer starvation to 

communism, that the "have not" countries ma| 
rejoice in the prosperity of those that have, ani 
that all people who have been deeply insulte 
and despised may have short memories . 
We pray . . . that the sick may be visited, th 
prisoner cared for, the refugee rehabilitateo 
the naked clothed, the orphan housed, and tha 
we may be allowed to enjoy our own fireside! 
evening by evening in peace . . . 
Lord be good to us. 
Christ, make things easy for us. 
Lord, deliver us from the necessity of doini 

Evangelical young people — Brethren includec'U 
demanding that their churches stop hiding behind :U 
a facade of orthodoxy and practice one of the ii 
fundamental truths of all, the compassion anc^:i 
straining love of Christ (see Matthew 25:31-46). 

The young are saying "We will follow doers ( t 
faith but we will revolt against the watchdogs of.T 
odoxy and tradition who only talk." For the younj:V 
have been raised in "practical" homes and edt it 
according to the scientific method, orthodoxy and a 
tion have meaning and value only if they work. 

Given tlie volatile socio-economic atmosphere in .li 
we find ourselves, it is urgent that The Bniir 
Church conceive and develop a meaningful anc''e 
vant approach to youth ministry within £in evan; 
context. We are convinced that this can be done w 
sacrificing a line of Biblical truth. We are comi 
to the proposition that the church and her mi 
are relevant and that youth will rise to the cha 
of Christ. For that reason, we straight-forwardly 
your financial support for the Brethren Youth ml 

The needs are great . . . for each dollar receive' 
year, two were needed! The revolution is upon 
will we lead or be led? Will we talk about the f£ 
put it to work? 

Your support will help us continue and develc ise 
vices and programs which will truly explo^-e neiv 'i« 
sionjs in Brethren Youth ministry. Give now, <lon ir" 
having to pay later! 

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Mr. Steve Zerbe of Peru, Indiana, has had a 
busy year since his election in August 1969. Steve 
is a freshman at Taylor University, Upland, In- 
diana. He is a talented musician and hopes to 
spend part of the summer of 1970 on tour with 
the Taylor choir in Europe. During the past year 
he has given valuable assistance and able leader- 
ship to the Youth Commission of the Board of 
Christian Education and the Brethren Youth 
Council. National BYC is fortunate to have such 
an outstanding Moderator! 


Photo hy Bruce Dodds 

One of the basic functions of the National BYC Convention is to 
get acquainted with the youth from other churches. Above, Mi-. Dave 
Benshoff, 1968-69 Moderator, is shown greeting some of the youth 
at the President's reception. 

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Photo by Bruce Dodds 

Learning in groups of common interest has special blessings. The 
Study Seminars added at the 1969 BYC Convention were generally 
well-received by the youth. Special studies were arranged for juniors, 
iunior high, high school and Life Work Recruits. 

Photo by Bruce Dodds 

Local youth groups are encouraged to use the BYC goals as a challenge 
to balanced programming. Above Rev. Fied Burkey, Director of Chris- 
tian Education, passes a banner society certificate to Julie Godwin 
of Pittsburgh. 

il 25, 1970 

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Photo hy Bruce Dodds 

The second annual Winter Retreat for older high school and college 
students was held at Camp Friedenswald, near Cassopolis, Michigan, 
in December. Discussions on current issues, resource ideas, recreation, 
and lots of food were the order of the day. The above discussion leader 
is Mr. James Berkshire of Dayton, Ohio. 

Inner tubes, toboggans, and the snowmobile were the objects 
of considerable attention at Friedenswald. Above, Becky 
Barker faces the toboggan run alone after Ray Allison "fell" 
off the inner tube. 

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The Biethi'en Youth Council was conceived in 1969 as a possible means 
of keeping concerned young people informed about BYC and involving 
them in planning their own programs. Fred Finks is shown bringing 
the Council up to date on the 1969-70 project. 

Members of the BY Council at the February meeting are L. to R., 
front row: Bob Fowler, Steve Zerbe, John Shultz, Greg Bowling, 
Dale Stof f er ; second row : Paul Deardurf f , Diane Miller, Sherry Bain- 
hart, Eugene Hill; third row: Bob Young, Janet Bird, Mike Radcliff; 
fourth row: Ron Blake, Norma Grumbling, Frank Bargerhuff; back 
row: Bruce Ronk, Sherry Shannon, Paula Tinkel, Ron Waters. 

rU 25, 1970 Page Nine 


[NCE 1950, Brethren Youth have impressively supported the larger ministry of The Brethren 
Church through their annual Project. By this means, well over $100,000 has been raised and 
nmitted to areas of special need, generally in the areas of home and foreign missions. 

The current (1969-70) BYC Project touches both these vital fields in addition to providing some 
ids for other aspects of the total program. The youth are interested, they are involved, and they 
: ambitious! While each one may not be personally able to become involved in building new church- 
(Fort Wayne) or confronting the Hindus in Rajahmundry (India), all can share in these import- 
; ventures of faith by selflessly giving their money to support them. 

A new opportunity for older youth to find meaningful service in the church is the 1970 Sum- 
r Crusader program. By providing a variety of service opportunities (VBS, Camps, Inner-city, 
Durban Ministry, etc.), it is expected that Crusaders will discover new ways in which God can 
I them in His Church. In addition. Crusaders will perform a genuine service to the Brethren. 


The book of Hebrews offers a challenge to all youth to study and discover the riches of God's 
th for their lives. The 1970 Bible Quiz is based on Hebrews in the "Good News for Modem Man : 
lay's English Version." 

We strongly recommend that churches make full use of the Bible Quiz to better acquaint their 
mg people with the Word of God. 


At its August 1970 meeting, the Board of Christian Education will organize a Camping Com- 
ision which will begin working to improve the camping program of The Brethren Church. 

Camping provides such an exceptional climate in which to teach and practice the Word that we 
st make full use of every week of camp. In a relaxed, outdoor atmosphere, young people are able 
hear and see how the Christian faith is relevant to their lives. 

Initial decisions and recommitments are made in most Brethren camps. These are the visible 
ults. Many others are so profoundly influenced by their camping experience that decisions which 
made later had their genesis in a camp study or around a campfire. 

Christian camping deserves our attention and our youth deserve the best camps we can develop! 


Recognizing the fact that youth leaders — and especially senior high leaders — have so little 
ource material at hand, the office staff of the Board of Christian Education is developing a 
iith Leader's Resource Guide for Senior High leaders. 

Audio-visual resources, program ideas, fund raising tips, and articles on understanding your 
th will be included. This is an attempt to put our effort where it will help the most. The first 
wurce Guide will be available about the time of General Conference. 

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JUNE 9-12 

Registration Deadline 
MAY 1st 

Open to all young "men" in The Brethren Church who have completed 
their junior or senior year of high school. 

Cost: $25.00 

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for Christians to talk about tlie 
iportance of Christian morality, 
iless they are prepared to take their 
and upon the fundamentals of 
liristian theology. It is a lie to say 
lat dogma does not matter; it 
atters enormously. It is fatal to 
t people suppose that Christianity 
only a mode of feeling; it 
vitally necessary to insist that it 
first and foremost a rational 
irplanation of the universe. It is 
>peless to offer Christianity as a 
iguely idealistic aspiration of a 
mple and consoling kind ; it is, on 
le contrary, a hard, tough, exacting, 
id complex doctrine, steeped in a 
■astic and uncompromising realism, 
nd it is fatal to imagine that 
'erybody knows quite well what 
tiristianity is and needs only a little 
icouragement to practise it. The 
■utal fact is that in this Christian 
•untry not one person in a hundred 
is the faintest notion what the 
lurch teaches about God or man 
• society or the pei'son of Jesus 
irist. If you think I am 
;aggerating, ask the Army 
laplains. Apart from a possible one 
;r cent of intelligent and 
structed Christians, there are 
ree kinds of people we have to deal 
lith. There are the frank and open 
isathen, whose notions of 
iiristianity are a dreadful jumble 
rags and tags of Bible anecdote 
id clotted mythological nonsense, 
lere are the ignorant Christians, 
lio combine a mild gentle-Jesus 
I ntimentality with vaguely 
iimanistic ethics — most of these 
re Arian heretics. Finally, there 
;e the more or less instructed 
J.urch-goers, who know all the 
guments about divorce and 
iricular confession and communion 
two kinds, but are about as 
11 equipped to do battle on 

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Dorothy Sayers, perhaps best known throughout the 
world as the creator of Lord Peter Wimsey, was born 
in Oxford in 1S93. In addition to having been an accom- 
plished writer of detective fiction, Miss Sayers was the 
author of drama, a radio play, translations of Dante, 
and a large number of essays. It is in her essays that 
Dorothy Sayers established her reputation as an articu- 
late student and persuasive critic of Western culture, 
and it is In this capacity that she appears in the book 
from which this article was taken. Christian Letters to 
a Post-Christian World (Wm. B. Erdmans, 1969, Grand 
Rapids, Michigan, 1969). 
Copyright 1949 Dorothy L. Sayers. 

"Chrisffanity," says this colorful writer of detective stories and 
astute Christian apologist, "is the most exciting drama that ever 
staggered the imagination of man" 

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fundamentals against a Mai'xian 
atheist or a Wellsian agnostic as a 
boy with a pea-shooter facing a 
fan-fire of machine-guns. 
Theologically, this country is at 
present in a state of utter chaos, 
established in the name of religious 
toleration, and rapidly degenerating 
into the flight from reason and the 
death of hope. We are not happy in 
this condition and there ai-e signs 
of a veiy great eagerness, especially 
among the younger people, to find a 
creed to which they can give 
wholeheaited adherence. 

This is the Church's opportunity, 
if she chooses to take it. So far 
as the peoples' readiness to listen 
goes, she has not been in so strong 
a position for at least two centuries. 
The rival philosophies of humanism, 
enlightened self-interest, and 
mechanical progress have broken 
down badly; the antagonism of 
science has proved to be far more 
apparent than real, and the 
happy-go-lucky doctrine of 
laissez-faire is completely discredited. 
But no good whatever will be done 
by a retreat into personal piety or 
by mere exhortjition to a "recall to 
prayer." The thing that is in danger 
is the whole structiire of society, 
and it is necessaiy to persuade 
thinking men and women of the vital 
and intimate comiection between 
the structure of society and the 
theological doctrines of Christiajtiity. 

The task is not made easier by the 
obstinate refusal of a great 
body of nominal Christians, 
both lay and clerical, to face the 
theological question. "Take away 
theology and give us some nice 
religion" has been a populai' 
slogan for so long that we are apt 
to accept it, without inquiring 
whether religion without theology 
has any meaning. And however 
unpopulai' I may make myself 
I shall and will aff inn that the reason 
why the Churches are discredited 
today is not that they ai"e too 
bigoted about theology, but that 

they have run away from theology. 
The Church of Rome alone has 
retained her prestige because she 
puts theology in the foreground 
of her teachings. Some of us may 
perhaps think it a rather 
unimaginative and confined theology ; 
but that is not the point. The point 
is that the Church of Rome is a 
theological society, in a sense in which 
the Church of England, taken as a 
whole, is not, and that because of 
this insistence on theology, 
she is a body disciplined, honoured, 
and sociologically important. 

I should like to do two things. 
First, to point out that if we I'eally 
want a Christian society we 
must teach Christianity, and that it 
is absolutely impossible to teach 
Christianity without teaching 
Christian dogma. Secondly, to put 
before you a list of half dozen or so 
main docti'inal points which the 
world most especially needs to have 
di'ummed into its ears at this 
moment — doctrines forgotten or 
misinteipreted, but which (if they 
are true as the Church maintains 
them to 1)6) are cornerstones 
in that rational structure of human 
society which is the alternative to 
world chaos. 

I will begin with this matter of the 
inevitability of dogma, if Christianity 
is to be anything more than a 
little mild wishful-thinking 
about ethical behaviour. 

Writing in The Spectator, Dr. 
Selbie, fomier Principle of Mansfidd 
College, discussed the subject of 
"The Anny and the Churches." In 
the course of this ai'ticle there 
occurs a passage that exposes the 
root-cause of the failure of the 
churches to influence the life of the 
common people. 

. . . the rise of the new 
dogmatism (he says) whether 
in its Calvinist or Thomist fomi, 
constitutes a fresh and serious 
threat to Chi-istian unity. 
The tragedy is that all this, 
however interesting to 

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theologians, is hopelessly 
irrelevant to the life and thought 
of the average man, who is 
more puzzled than ever by the 
disunion of the Churches, and 
by the theological and 
ecclesiastical differences on 
which it is based. 
Now I am perfectly ready to 
ree that disputes between the 
lurches constitutes a menace to 
iristendom. And I will admit 
at I am not quite sure what is 
iant by "the new dogmatism"; it 
ght, I suppose, mean the 
pearance of new dogmas among 
3 followers of St. Thomas and 
Jvin respectively. But I rather 
icy it means a fresh attention to, 
d reassertion of, old dogma, and 
at when Dr. Selbie says that "all 
is" is irrelevant to the life and 
jught of the average man, he is 
liberately saying that Christian 
oma, as such, is in'elevant. 
But if Christian dogma is 
elevant to life, to what, in 
raven's name, is it relevant? — since 
igious dogma is in fact nothing 
t a statement of doctrines 
iceniing the nature of life and the 
iverse. If Christian ministers 
illy believe it is only an 
ellectual game for theologians 
i has no beai-ing upon human life, 
s no wonder that their 
igi'egations ai'e ignorant, bored, 
i bewildered. And indeed, in the 
~y next pai-agi-aph. Dr. Selbie 
■ognizes the relation of Christian 
■?ma to life : 
. . . peace can only come about 
through a practical application 
of Christian principles and 
values. But this must have 
behind it something more than a 
reaction against that Pagan 
Humanism which has been 
found wanting. 
The "something more" is dogma, 
i cannot be anything else, 
between Humanism and 
ristianity and between Paganism 
i Theism there is no distinction 

wliatever except a distinction of 
dogma. That you cannot have 
Christian principles without Christ 
is becoming increasingly clear, 
because their validity as principles 
depends on Christ's authority; and 
as we have seen, the Totalitaiian 
States, having creased to believe in 
Christ's authority, are logically quite 
justified in repudiating Christian 
principles. If "the average man" is 
reguired to "believe in Christ" and 
accept His authority, for "Christian 
principles," it is surely relevant 
to inquire who or what Christ is, 
and why His authority should be 
accepted. But the question, "What 
think ye of Christ?" lands the 
average man at once in the veiy 
knottiest kind of dogmatic riddle. 
It is quite useless to say that it 
doesn't matter particulai'ly who or 
what Christ was or by what 
authority He did those things, and 
that even if He was only a man, 
He was a very nice man and we 
ought to live by His principles : 
for that is merely Humanism, and 
if the "average man" in Gennany 
chooses to think that Hitler is a 
nicer sort of man with still more 
attractive principles, the Christian 
Humanist has no answer to make. 
It is not true at all that dogma 
is "hopelessly irrelevant" to the life 
and thoug'ht of the average man. 
What is true is that ministers of the 
Christian religion often assert 
that it is, present it for consideration 
as though it were, and, in fact, by 
their faulty exposition of it make it 
so. The central dogma of the 
Incarnation is that by which 
relevance stands or fails. If Christ 
was only man, then He is entirely 
ii'relevant to any thought about God ; 
if He is only God, then He is 
entirely irrelevant to any experience 
of human life. It is, in the strictest 
sense, necessary to the salvation 
of relevance that a man should 
believe rightly the Incarnation of 
Our Lord Jesus Christ. Unless 
he believes rightly, there is not the 

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faintest reason wliy he should 
believe at all. And in that case, it 
is wholly irrelevant to chatter about 
"Christian principles." 

If the "average man" is going to 
be interested in Christ at all, it is 
the dogma that will provide the 
interest. The trouble is that, in nine 
cases out of ten, he has never been 
offered the dog-ma. What he has 
been offered is a set of technical 
theological terms which nobody has 
taken the trouble to translate into 
language relevant to ordinary life. 

". . . Jesus Christ, the Son of God, 
is God and man." What does this 
suggest, except tliat God the Creator 
(the irritable old gentleman 
with the beard) in some mysterious 
manner fathered upon the Virgin 
Mai'y something amphibous. neither 
one thing nor t'other, like a 
merman? And, like human sons, 
wholly distinct from and (with 
some excuse) probably antagonistic 
to the father ? And what, in any case, 
has this remai-kable hybrid to do 
with John Brown or Tommy Atkins? 
This attitude of mind is that called 
by theologians Nestorianism, or 
perhaps a deljased form of Arianism. 
But we really cannot just give it a 
technical label and brush it aside 
as something irrelevant to the 
thought of the average man. 
The average man produced it. It is, 
in fact, an immediate and 
unsophisticated expression of the 
thought of the average man. .^.nd at 
the risk of plunging him into the 
abominable heresy of the 
Patripassians or the Theo-Paschites, 
we must unite with Athanasius to 
assure Tommy Atkins that the God 
who lived and died in the world was 
the same God who made the world, 
and that, therefore, God Himself 
has the best possible reasons for 
understanding and sympathizing with 
Tommy's personal troubles. 

"But," Tommy Atkins and JoJin 
Brown will instantly object, "it 
can't have mattered very much 
to Him if He was God. A god 

can't really suffer like you and me. 
Besides, the pai'son says we are 
to try and be like Christ ; but that's 
all nonsense — we can't be God, and 
it's silly to ask us to try." This 
able exposition of the Eutychian 
heresy can scarcely be dismissed 
as merely "interesting to 
theologians" ; it appeal's to interest 
Atkins and Brown to the point of 
irritation. Willy-nilly, we are forced 
to involve ourselves further in 
dogmatic theology and insist that 
Christ is "perfect God and perfect 

At this point, language will trip 
us up. The average man is not to 
be restrained from thinking that 
'perfect God" implies a comparison 
with gods less- perfect, and that 
"perfect man" means "the best 
kind of man you can possibly have." 
While both these propositions 
are quite true, they ai-e not precisely 
what we want to convey. It will 
perhaps be better to say, "altogether 
God and altogether man" — God 
and man at the same time, in every 
respect and completely; God from 
eternity to eternity and from the 
womb to the grave, a man also from • 
the womb to the gi'ave and now. 

"That," replies Tommy Atkins, 
"is all very well, but it leaves me 
cold. Because, if He was God all the 
time He must have known that 
His sufferings and death and so on 
wouldn't last, and He could have 
stopped them by a miracle 
if He had liked, so His pretending 
to be an ordinai'y man was nothing 
but play-acting." And John Brown 
adds, "You can't call a person 
'altogether man' if He was God and 
didn't want to do anything wrong. 
It was easy enough for Him to be 
good, tout it's not at all the same 
thing for me. How about all 
that temptation stuff? Play-acting 
again. It doesn't help me to live what 
you call a Christian life." 

John and Tommy are now on the 
way to becoming convinced 
Apollintirians, a fact which, however 

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iteresting to theologians," has 
listinct relevance also to the 
es of those average men, since 
-y propose, on the strength of it, 
dismiss "Christian principles" as 
practicable. There is no help for 
We must insist upon Christ's 
5session of "a reasonable soul" as 
■11 as "human flesh"; we must 
mit the human limitations of 
owledge and intellect; we must 
ce a hint from Christ Himself 
d suggest that miracles belong 
the Son of Man as well as to the 
n of God ; we must postulate a 
man will liable to temptation; 
d we must be quite fii"m about 
qual to the Father as touching 
s Godhead and inferior to the 
ther as touching His manhood." 
mplicated as the theology is, 
i average man has walked straight 
the heart of the Athanasian 
eed, and we are bound to follow. 
Peachers and preachers never, I 
nk, make it sufficiently clear that 
imas are not a set of arbitrary 
fulations invented a priori by a 
umittee of theologians enjoying a 
at of all-in dialectical wrestling. 
>st of them were hammered out 
der pressure of urgent practical 
zessity to provide an answer to 
resy. And heresy is, as I have tried 
show, largely the expression of 
inion of the untutored average 
in, trying to grapple with the 
>blems of the universe at the point 
lere they begin to interfere 
th his daily life and thought, 
me, engaged in my diabolical 
mpation of going to and fro in the 
rid and walking up and down , 
it, conversations and 
Tespondence bring daily a 
bgnificent crop of all the standard 
resies. As practical examples 
the "life and thought of the 
irage man" I am extremely 
niliai- with them, though I had to 
nt through the Encyclopedia to 
them with their proper 
■ological titles for the pui"poses 
this address. For the answers I 

need not go so far: they ai'e 
compendiously set forth in the 
Creeds. But an interesting fact is 
this: that nine out of ten of 
my heretics are exceedingly suii^rised 
to discover that the Creeds 
contain any statements that bear a 
practical and comprehensible 
meaning. If I tell them it is an 
article of faith that the same 
God who made the world endured 
the suffering of the world, they 
ask in perfect good faith what 
connection there is between that 
statement and the story of Jesus. If 
I draw their attention to the dogma 
that the same Jesus who was the 
Divine Love was also Light of Light, 
the Divine Wisdom, they ai'e 
su^jrised. Some of them thank me 
very heartily for this entirely 
novel and original inteiijretation 
of Scripture, which they never 
heai"d before and suppose me to have 
invented. Others say irritably that 
they don't like to think that wisdom 
and religion have anything to do with 
oiie another, and that I should 
do much better to cut out the 
wisdom and reason and intelligence 
and stick to a simple gospel of love. 
But whether they are pleased or 
annoyed, they are interested ; 
and the thing that interests them, 
whether or not they suppose it to 
be my invention, is the resolute 
assertion of the dogma. 

As regards Dr. Selbie's complaint 
that insistence on dogma only 
affronts people and throws into 
relief the internecine quarrels of 
Christendom, may I say two 
things? First, I believe it to be a 
grave mistake to present Christianity 
as something chaiTning and popular 
with no offence in it. Seeing 
that Christ went about the world 
giving the most violent offence to 
all kinds of people it would seem 
absurd to expect that the doctrine 
of His Person can be so presented as 
to offend nobody. We cannot blink 
at tlie fact that gentle Jesus meek 
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opinions and so inflammatoiy 
in His language that He was thrown 
out of church, stoned, hunted from 
place to place, and finally 
g-ibbeted as a firebrand and a public 
danger. Whatever His peace was, it 
was not peace of an amiable 
indifference; and He said in so 
many words that what He 
brought with Him was fire and 
sword. That being so, nobody need be 
too much sui-prised or disconcerted 
at finding that a deteiTninded 
preaching of Christian dogma 
may sometimes result in a few 
angry letters of protest or a 
difference of opinion on the pai-ish 

The other thing is this: that 
I find by experience there is a veiy 
large measure of agreement 
among Christian denominations on 
all doctrine that is really 
ecumenical. A rigidly Catholic 
interpretation of the Creeds, for 
example — including the Athanasian 
Creed — will find support both in 
Eome and in Geneva. Objections 
will come chiefly from the heaithen, 
and from a noisy but not veiy 
representative bunch of heretical 
parsons who once in their youth read 
Robertson or Conybeare and have 
never got over it. But what is 
urgently necessary is that certain 
fundamentals should be restated in 
tenns that make their meaning — 
and indeed, the mere fact that they 
have a meaning — clear to the 
ordinary uninstiiicted heathen to 
whom technical theological 
language has become a dead letter. 

May I now mention some 
of the dogmas concerning which I 
find there is most ignorance and 
misunderstanding and about which I 
believe the modern world most 
urgently needs to be told ? Out of 
a very considerable number I 
have selected seven as being what 
I may call "key-positions," namely, 
God, man, sin, judgment, matter, 
work, and society. They ai'e, of 
course, all closely bound together — 
Christian doctrine is not a set of 

rules, but one vast interlocking 
rational structure — but there are 
particular aspects of these seven 
subjects which seem to me to need 
special emphasis ait the moment. 

1. God — At the risk of appealing 
quite insolently obvious, I shall 
say that if the Church is to make 
any impression on the modeiTi 
mind she will have to preach Christ 
and the cross. 

Of late years, the Church has 
not succeeded veiy well in pi-eaching 
Christ: she has preached Jesus, 
which is not quite the same 
thing. . . . 

It is only with the confident 
assertion of the creative divinity of 
the Son that the docti-ine of the 
Incarnation becomes a real revelation 
of the sti-ucture of the world. And 
here Christianity has its enonnous 
advantage over eveiy other 
religion in the world. It is the only 
religion which gives value to evil 
and suffering. It affirms — not, 
like Christian Science, that evil 
has no real existence, nor yet, like 
Buddhism, that good consists 
in a refusal to experience evil — 
but that perfection is attained 
through the active and positive 
effort to wrench a real good out of 
a real evil. . . . 

2. Man — A young and intelligent 
priest remarked to me the other 
day that he thought one of the 
greatest sources of strength in 
Christianity today lay in the 
profoundly pessimistic view it took 
of human nature. There is a great 
deal in what he says. The people who 
are most discouraged and made 
despondent by the barbarity 

and stupidity of human behavior 
at this time are those who think 
highly of Homo Sapiens as a product 
of evolution, and who still cling 
to an optimistic belief in the 
civilizing influence of progi'ess 
and enlightenment. To them, the 
appalling outbursts of bestial 
ferocity in the Totalitarian States, 
and the obstinate selfishness and 
stupid greed of Capitalist Society, 

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e not merely shocking and 
uTning. For them, these things 
e the utter negation of 
eiything in which they have 
Meved. . . . 

3. Sin — This doctrine of man 

ids naturally to the doctrine of sin. 
16 of the really suiprising things 
out the present bewildeiinent of 
imanity is that the Christian 
lurch now finds herself called upon 

proclaim the old and hated 
ctrine of sin as a gospel of 
eer and encouragement. The final 
adancy of the modem 
ilosophies — hailed in their day as 
release from the burden of 
ifulness — has been to bind man 
.rd and fast in the chains of an 
>n detenninism. . . . 
Needless to say, the whole 
ctrine of "original sin" -will have 
be restated, in teiTns which the 
dinary modern man, brought up 

biology and Freudian psychology, 
n understand. These sciences have 
ne an enomious amount to 
pose the nature and mechanism . . 
man's inner dislocation and 
ght to be powerful weapons in the 
nd of the Church. It is a thousand 
;ies that the Church should 
er have allowed these weapons 
be turned against her. 

4. Judgment — Much the same 
ing is tine of the doctrine of 
dgment. The word "punishment" 
r sin has become so coniipted 

at it ought never to be used. But 
ce we have established the 
le doctrine of man's nature, the 
le nature of judgment becomes 
u"tlingly cleai- and rational. It is 
e inevitable consequence of man's 
:empt to regulate life and 
2iety on a system that iims 
anter to the facts of his own 
ture. . . . 

5. Matter — At this point we shall 
id ourselves compelled to lay 

wn the Christian doctrine 
aceming the material universe ; and 
is here (I think, that we shall 
ve our best opportunity to 
plain the meaning of 

sacramentalism. The common man 
labours under a delusion that for the 
Christian, matter is evil and 
the body is evil. For this 
misapprehension, St. Paul must beai' 
some blame, St. Augustine of Hippo 
a great deal more, and Calvin a 
very great deal. But so long 
as the Church continues to teach 
the manhood of God and to 
celebrate the sacraments of the 
Euchai'ist and of marriage, no 
living man should dare to say that 
ma;tter and body are not sacred to 
her. She must insist strongly 
that the whole material universe 
is an expression and incarnation of 
the creative energy of God, as a 
book or a picture is the material 
expression of the creative soul of the 
artist. For that I'eason, all good 
and creative handling of the 
material universe is holy and 
beautiful, and all abuse of the 
material universe is a cincifixion of 
the body of Christ. . . . 

6. Work — The unsacramental 
attitude of modem society to man 
and matter is probably closely 
connected with its unsacramental 
attitude to work. The Church is a 
good deal to blaine for having 
connived at this. From the eighteenth 
century onwards, she has tended to 
acquiesce in what I may call 
the "industrious apprentice" 
view of the matter: "Work hai'd 
and be thrifty, and God will bless you 
with a contended mind and a 
competence." This is nothing but 
enlightened self-interest in its 
vulgarest fomi, and plays directly 
into the hands of the monopolist 
and the financier. Nothing has so 
deeply discredited the Christian 
Church as her qualid submission 
to the economic theory of society. 
The burning question of the Christian 
attitude to money is being so 
eagerly debated nowadays that it is 
scarcely necessary to do more than 
remind ourelves that the present 
uni'est, both in Russia and in 
Central Europe, is an immediate 
judgment upon a financial system 

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that has subordinated man to 
economics, and that no mere 
readjustment of economic macliineiy 
will have any lasting effect if it 
keeps man a prisoner inside the 
machine. . . . 

A very able surgeon put it to me 
like this: "What is happening," he 
said, "is that nobody works for the 
sake of getting the thing done. 
The result of the work is a 
by-product; the aim of the work is 
to make money to do something else. 
Doctors practice medicine, not 
primai-ily to relieve suffering, but 
to make a living — the cure of the 
patient is something that happens 
on the way. Lawyers accept briefs, 
not because they have a passion for 
justice, but because the law is 
the profession which enables them 
to live. The reason," he added, "why 
men often find themselves happy and 
satisfied in the army is that for the 
first time in their lives they 
find themselves doing something, 
not for the sake of the pay, which 
is miserable, but for the sake of 
getting the thing done." 

If man's fulfillment of his 
nature is to be found in the 
full expression of his divine 
creativeness, then we urgently need 
a Christian doctrine of work, which 
shall provide, not only for proper 
conditions of employment, but also 
that the work shall be such as a man 
may do with his whole heart, and 
that he shall do it for the very 
work's sake. But we cannot expect a 
sacramental attitude to work, while 
many people are forced, by our evil 
standai'd of values, to do work which 
is a spiritual degradation — a long 
series of financial trickeries, for 
example, or the manufacture of 
vulgar and useless trivialities. 

7. Society — Lastly, a word or two 
about the Christian doctrine of 
society — ^not about its translation 
into political terms, but about its 
dogmatic basis. It rests on the 
doctrine of what God is and what 
man is, and it is impossible to have 
a Christian doctrine of society 

except as a corollary to Christian 
dogma aibout the place of man 
in the universe. This is, or should 
be, obvious. The one point to which 
I should like to draw attention is the 
Christian doctrine of the moral 
law. The attempt to abolish wai's 
and wickedness by the moral law is 
doomed to failure, because of the 
fact of sinfulness. Law, like every 
other product of human activity, 
shares the integral human 
imperfection: it is, in the old 
Calvinistic phrase: "of the nature 
of sin." That is to say: all legality, 
if erected into an absolute value, 
contains within itself the seeds of 
judgment and catastrophe. 
The law is necessary, but only, as it 
were, as a protective fence against 
the forces of evil, behind which 
the divine activity of grace may 
do its redeeming work. We can, 
for example, never make a positive 
peace or a positive righteousness 
by enactments against offenders; 
law is always prohibitive, negative, 
and comipted by the interior 
contradictions of man's divided 
nature ; it belongs to the category of 
judgment. That is why an 
intelligent understanding about sin 
is necessary to presence the world 
from putting an unjustified 
confidence in the efficacy of the 
moral law taken by itself. It will 
never drive our Beelzebub ; it cannot, 
because it is only human and not 

Nevertheless, the law must be 
rightly understood or it is not 
possible to make the world 
understand the meaning of grace. 
There is only one real law — the law 
of the universe ; it may be fulfilled 
either by way of judgment or by 
the way of grace, but it must be 
fulfilled one way or the other. If 
men will not understand the 
meaning of judgment, they will 
never come to understand the 
meaning of grace. If they heai' not 
Moses or the Prophets, neither will 
they be persuaded, though one 
rose from the dead. 

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Honored By 


.R. EVERITT S. GRAFFAM, Executive V.P. of the 
World Relief Commission, and Rev. Ricliard W. 

dell, Director for Vietnam, received First Class 
ial Welfare Medals, highest civilian award given by 

Ministry of Social Welfare of the Republic of Viet- 
1, at a special ceremony held in the Saigon office of 

Ministry, witli Minister of Social Welfare Dr. Tran 
ton Phieu presiding, and high-ranl<ing officials of 

Ministry in attendance. The medals were given to 
jgnize the Commission whose motivation is to "help 
dy people to help themselves." 

he citation stated that 'The Commission's remark- 
i performances include aid in the education field by 
structing elementary and vocational schools for refu- 
children at Hoa Khanh and Hue. In the public 
1th field they have cooperated with U.S. Marines 
issume administrative and medical responsibility of 

120-bed Hoa Khanh Children's Hospital built by the 
rines. In the social betterment field they have estab- 
ed a farm in Hue near the Refugee Resettlement 
nps, including vegetable growing, a piggery, a bak- 

producing bread for 16,500 students: also an ice 
im and ice plant are now in full operation to help 

vocational training school to be self-supporting." 
T. Graffam and Mr. Pendell accepted these medals 

on behalf of the entire WRC team in Vietnam. The 
Commission, overseas relief arm of the National Associ- 
ation of Evangelicals, has served in Vietnam since 1961. 


WENTY YEARS AGO, a dream came true for a 

small congregation in a little community named 
leron nestled among seven hills in West Virginia. 
iUilding was completed for a final place of worship, 
ded out of the hands of man, God was the designer, 

financier, and foreman, 
his month, the Cameron people have set a special 

to give thanks to God and honor the people who 
^ed and sacrificed for their church. The congregation 
cted this date and has planned for it since August 
). Since we are without a minister at this time, the 
pie have gotten together to present a service of 
ration, love and friendship. 

he highlight of this special day will be The Brethren- 
s, a quartet from the First Brethren Church, New 
is, Indiana. The quartet will be in charge of the 2:00 
Tnoon service. As everyone knows, this group sung 

General Conference and also recorded with Dr. 
old Barnett. 

t noon, friends will get together and enjoy a basket 

booklet has been printed that will be handed out 
: day. This 10-page composition is entitled "Precious 
nories." We feel this is a most appropriate choice 

to honor our Lord for His gift as well as bringing back 
memories of the Cameron church. 

We hope all of our Brethren in the area can come and 
worship with us on April 19. Sunday school starts at 
9:30 followed by the morning service at 10:30. Everyone 

David Chambers, Chairman, 
Dedication Anniversary Committee 


the Brethren Church, I want to take this belated 
opportunity to thank all of the Brethren Youth groups 
and all of their supporters in the 1969 Brethren Youth 
Project. Your effort was greatly appreciated and will 
continue to be appreciated for many, many years. This 
was the first effort of this kind that the Brethren Youth 
have ever undertaken, and I think that they did an 
excellent job. 

Because of your efforts, our camp is almost entirely 
paid for, and our building program will be able to be- 
gin next year with a mortage-free property. Starting 

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next year our plans are to build at least one building 
a year. 

I want to give special thanks to Rev. Frederick Bur- 
key and his staff for the fine help that they gave us 
during the project. I would also like to thank Rev. Carl 
Barber and the Board of Christian Education for their 
help and support. 

Once again, may I remind you that for every soul 
that is won to Christ at the Arizona Brethren Camp, 
you played a part in making a few men's dream a 
reality. We needed this camp in Arizona as a place 
where people can meet God. As we talk about pollution 

and smog, we need more places where we can 
away." Arizona Brethren Camp is truly one of t i 
places. I truly have never seen such a beautiful sk ; 
is over that camp on a moon-lit night. 

As I finish this letter, I have tears in my eyes. I 
be leaving Arizona in June, and I am truly grai ' 
(beyond words) for your help in building this can 
didn't think that I would see this before I left. May 
Lord richly bless you all. Thanks again! ! ! 

Camp Business Managi 
Lany R. Baker 

World Religious News 

in Review 


Grandville, Micliigan (EP) — The 
36-year-old Baptist pastor whose wife 
was kUled in occupied Jordan last 
month said he holds no bitterness to 
the Arabs. 

The Rev. Theodore Ertle, in des- 
cribing the death of his 31-year-old 
spouse, showed no anger or visible 
emotion during an interview with 
the Grand Rapids Press. 

Mrs. Ertle was fatally shot Febru- 
ary 23 and three other people were 
wounded when machine gun bullets 
sliced into a bus carrying 37 Ameri- 
can tourists on a visit to the Holy 

After the attack the party com- 
mandeered a private car to take 
Mrs. Ertle for medical help. "She 
died In my arms on the way," the 
minister said. 

"I had many reasons for burying 
her there," he said. "But I think 
the main reason was the place 
itself. It has religious significance, 
it's the Holy Land, the land of 
spiritual things." 

The minister said he wants to put 
things "back to normal as soon as 
possible." He said he wants to take 
care of his daughters and, "with the 
help of members of the church, it 
shouldn't be any problem." 

The pastor has two daughters, 
Dorothy, 9, and Sharon, 7. Church 
members have started a memorial 
fund in Mrs. Ertle's honor with the 

funds to be used to educate the 


Toronto, Ontario (EP) — A Bible 
was ripped to shreds and angrj' 
shouts rang out at Yorkminster 
Baptist Church here when a dozen 
screaming "Palestinians" disrupted 
a Brotherhood Week meeting to pro- 
mote harmony between Christians 
and Jews. 

Nuns, rabbis and priests in the 
audience watched as the Arabs, who 
yelled that they were members of the 
El Fatah terrorist organization, 
seized a microphone, only to find it 
didn't work. 

The eruption came just after the 
Rev. Roland de Comeille, director of 
the Anglican Diocese of Toronto's 
Christian-Jewish dialogue, accused 
the United Church Observer and its 
editor, the Rev. A. C. Forrest, of 
inciting anti-Semitism among Chris- 

Dr. Forrest, who recently returned 
from a year as editor-at-large in the 
Middle East, has been critical of 
Israel's treatment of the Palestine 
refugee problem. 

Police were called to help restrain 
the Palestinians, who live here but 
claim they belong to El Fatah. No 
arrests were made, but nine police^ 
men stayed until the end of the 

Before they arrived, howe 
some of the Palestinians leapec 
to the platform amd ripped up 


Augusta, Ga. (EP) — Mrs. Di 
Kennedy Pike, widow of the Rl 
Rev. James A. Pike, who once se) 
as bishop of the Episcopal Dio 
of California, reports that she d( 
itely has received messages ff 
her dead husband. 

"I have been given a numbe) 
messages from him about the mi 
ing of his experience in the wil 
ness, his death, my continuing ( 
fence after he died and the na'. 
of our relationship in this 
dimension," she stated in an ir 
view with the Associated Press 

Bishop Pike, maverick clergyn 
died last September on a 
through Israeli-controlled terri" 
close to Jerusalem. 

A number of dreams, Mrs. 1 
said, had left her "absolutely 
doubt he was survived as a 
scious personality." 

Pike became Interested in 
occult after his 20-year-old son c 
mitted suicide in 1966. He later ; 
that he had been in touch withi 
dead son. 


Washington, D.C. (EP) — A 
tion of the 1969 Tax Reform 
provides a block against busii? 
enterprise operated by tax-exe* 

Singled out as an example int; 
Akron Beacon which reported 
little-publicized measure was ' 

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's Cathedral of Tomorrow. The 
rch, pastored by the Rev. Rex 
nbard, has six yeEirs to shed its 
iness enterprises before the gov- 
merit passes its hat for a share 
he profits. 

he church is known throughout 
nation for its radio and television 
grams. It is also known as the 
ler of the Real Form Girdle Co. 
Brooklyn, N.Y. 

he decision to sell its holdings 
not been made yet but the pastor 
his board are aware of the ulti- 

esides owning the girdle com- 
y the Cathedral holds Unity 
itronics Co, and Nassau Plastics 
Vire Co., both in Brooklyn. 

rockton, Mass. (EP) — Judge 
irge Covett of Brockton District 
irts here sentenced Mrs. Rita 
rren, 42, a crusader for prayer 
jubUc schools, to 60 days in jail 
fined her $20, but released her 
fSOO bail pending appeal, 
[rs. Warren was given two 30-day 
terms on charges of disturbing 
peace and trespassing in con- 
tion with a "sit-in" at the office 
the Brockton superintendent of 
ools. She was fined $20 for keep- 
her daughter Teresa, 13, out of 
junior public high schools here 
» January 21 as part of the 
yer crusade. 

udge Covett, who advised Mrs. 
rren to return her daughter to 
ool said, "this woman is trying 
jnpose her beliefs on the super- 
indent of schools and the school 
rd which she has no right to do." 
added, "She is asking them to 
ak the law." 

ollowing the court session, Mrs. 
rren said her daughter would be 
ored by a qualified teacher out- 
! of Massachusetts until the out- 
le of further court appeals. 
[ will take the case all the way 
the Supreme Court," Mrs. War- 


[i'ashington, D.C. (EP) — "As a 
lister of the Gospel I will not ex- 
ie anyone" from attending ser- 
s because of race, creed or poli- 

his admission by the Rev. Phillip 
reon, 37, was made on the witness 

chair of the House Committee on 
Internal Security wliich opened an 
investigation into the Black Panther 

The minister acknowledged that 
he had worked with the Black Pan- 
thers in Kansas City. 

The cross examination brought 
out the fact that the Methodist 
Inner-city organization, of wliich the 
Rev. Lawson is executive director, 
had rented for $1 a year a building 
used by the Kansas City chapter of 
the Black Panthers as their head- 
quarters. Mr. Lawson said he did 
not know it was to be used for that 
purpose when the Panthers negotiat- 
ed in late 1968 for tlie lease. 

The clergyman said his agency 
had raised a $2,500 fund to help pay 
the bail bond for young people 
arrested on minor offenses. Some 
$900 was used to get members of 
the Black Panther organization out 
of jaU, he said. 


Jerusalem (EP) — Below the 
bustling Arab market of Old Jeru- 
salem an Israeli archaeologist has 
discovered a lifeless city 2,000 years 

A network of leu'ge rooms branch- 
ing off from alleys and passegeways 
are to be found there, the labyrinths 
running all the way to ancient 
Jerusalem's gates — some a mile 

Mud and debris that had clogged 
the spaces for centuries have been 
hauled away carefully in buckets. 
Water drips from the ceiling into 
rooms that stink of decay. 

The city is said to have disap- 
peared when the Romans destroyed 
the Great Herodian Temple in A.D. 
70 and plundered Jerusalem's Jewish 


San Francisco (EP) — The new 
California state rule requiring sci- 
ence teachers to give the religious 
account of creation equal time with 
evolution will "lead to chaos in our 
school curricula," predicts the 
board's attorney, Irving Breyer. 

Guy Wright, in his San Francisco 
Examiner column, says Breyer is 
hunting legal loop holes to boot out 
the ruling. 

"Why shouldn't our young people 
be told how the great god Marduk 
created the world after killing his 
rival, Chaos?" Wright asks. "And 
how Ycuni became the mother of 
mankind by seducing her twin 
brother, Yama?" 

The columnist ai-gues that if the 
foregoing doesn't sound like relig- 
ious theory it "depends on whose 
religion you teach." 

He asks why California schools 
shouldn't teach all the various ac- 
counts of creation "with their tan- 
talizing echoes of each other." The 
result, he says, should be to whet the 
curiosity of our young people, de- 
velop a healthful skepticism and, 
hopefully, an intellectual tolerance 
— all desirable traits in the scientific 


Santa Barbara, California (EP) — 
"To me, hair is freedom. Dad. I 
guess you can't understand it, but 
when I shake my head and I feel 
my hair swinging back and forth, it 
tells me I am free." 

Dr. Elwyn A. Smith, a graduate 
of both Yale Divinity School and 
Princeton Theological Seminary, 
with an earned PhD from Harvard, 
divulges for readers of the Santa 
Barbara, California News-Press his 
son's thoughts on the importance 
young men attach to the length and 
style of their hair. 

Dr'. Smith, professor of religion 
at Temple University, drew an 
analogy from the story of Samson 
whose long hair meant freedom and 
strength in liis ancient day. 

"The hair tiling is a symbol of 
freedom but it is also a symbol of 
power," the writer said. "The two 
are inseparable. To be free is to 
possess power — at the very least, 
the power to succeed against pres- 
sures to conform. If a young man 
can win the battle of the hair he 
feels that he Ccin win a lot of other 
battles too, like clothing, music, 
language, schooling, religion and 
about anything else." 

Professor Smith advised America's 
.school leaders, parents, and every- 
day folks to take the heat out of the 
hair question. "It would be the short 
route to the solution of many a 
boy's problems," he said. 

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James E. Norris 

Program for M 



Scripture: I Samuel 1:1-28; 2 

For Beading:: 

The story of Hannah, mother of Samuel, is the storj' 
of a woman who trusted God; the story of a prayer of 
faith and the story of answered prayer. I would suggest 
that we read both chapters and continue to study the 
life of Samuel and his influence on the people of his 
time and since. The story begins with a barren woman, 
anxious for children. She was one of two wives of 
Elkanah, an easy going priest who seemed to take his 
worship much in a mechanical way; he was regular at 
the temple at Shiloli. He tried to console his wife with 
preferential love. Peninnah, the other wife had children 
and made fun of Hannah, but Hannah knew who to go 
to for help. 

Topics for discussion: 

1. The consolation — I Samuel 1:6-8 

Mere words are not the answer to an aching heart. 

2. Earnest prayer is the answer — I Samuel 1 :9-ll 

She poured out her soul to God and asked for a child. 
She knew God is the creator of life. 

Please note this prayer. "O Lord of hosts, if Ihou wilt 
indeed look upon the affliction of thine handmaid, and 
remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt 
give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give 
him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there 
shall no razor come upon his head. . . . Now Hannah, 
she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her 

voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought shei 
been drunken. And Eli said unto her. How long 
thou be drunken? put away thy wine from tl 
Hannah said. "No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorj 
ful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong d]| 
but have poured out my soul before the Lord. . . i 
out of the abundance of my complaint and grief hal 
spoken hitherto. Then Eli answered and said, G 
peace: and the God of Israel srrant thee thy pet 
that thou hast asked of him." God gave Eli the as 
ance that her prayer would be answered. Do you t 
Eli knew what she prayed for? How did he knows 
prayer would be answered? 

3. Asked of God— I Samuel 1:20 

When her son was born she named him San 
Hannah waited till the child was weaned (1:22' 
Continue with I Samuel 1:24-28. Explain. 

4. Samuel in the Temple — I Samuel 2:18-19 

Discuss Samuel's duties. Samuel's mother wen 
church to see how her son was doing. Do mother 
day show tliis concern for the children? Mothers tc 
could offer their children to the Lord as ministers, 
tors, teachers. . . ? Do we have any assurance 
prayers will be answered today? Read Luke 18:27; ^ 

Closing Prayer: 

Pray for godly mothers who will dedicate their I 
dren to God. ' 

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Devotional Program for May 

1 to Worship 
ig Service 
cle of Prayer 

lie Studies: 

ienior: What does the Bible say about . 
union "The Bible— Our Guidebook" 


Discussion Questions: 

Seniors: Discussion over chosen book 

Special Music 


"Spirit of Sisterhood" 

S.M.M. Benediction 




S WE CONTINUE our search through the Bible, 
V our Guidebook, one chapter stands out as particu- 
ly important because it tells us about faith. Since 
th is the basic foundation upon which we build all 

other guidelines of our Christian lives, it seems we 
)uld take some time to understand it a bit better. 
■ are given several examples of men who have shown 
ir faith in various ways, and I think it would be wise 
ive looked closer at these examples to see if we can 
m something of what God would like to see in us. 
'urn with me to the 11th chapter of Hebrews. The 
hor of Hebrews starts this part of his letter with a 
inition or explanation of faith so we can all see what 
is he is talking about. In the New English Version 
Good News for Modern Man we read: "To have faith 
to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain 
the things we cannot see" (v. 1). That makes faith 
iretty concrete thing; not just an idea some one had 

a sure thing and a certainty. Faith is believing in 
aething you cannot see, show someone else or prove, 
n recent times we have read in newspapers, maga- 
ss and signs appearing everywhere that God is Dead, 
ler intelligent people think about it and decide that 
ause of all the problems that we have in the world 
lay there cannot be a God. Faith then is saying, I 
leve there is a God. I can't see Him and I can't prove 
'3Ut I believe there is a God. 

Many men and women throughout history have said 
just that and endured many hardships and persecutions 
for it. The beauty of it is that they remained faithful 
to God because they believed not only that He existed, 
but that He had the power to help them and the love 
and desire to help them. If we believe we can have that 
same power-packed faith. 

The writer of Hebrews went on to say that it was 
faith that led us to understand that the world was made 
by God. Scientists today have a lot of theories that try 
to explain how the earth was formed, and now as we 
study the moon they think they are coming closer to 
some of those answers. Our author says it is faith that 
beheves that out of nothing God created this world and 
set its forces in motion. 

In order to make the point \'ery clear and help us see 
just what having this faith means, the writer of He- 
brews goes on to list several men who give us an ex- 
ample of faith in action. Notice as we go down through 
this chapter the author repeats each time "it was faith," 
or "bj' faith." He wants to keep it clear in our minds 
that this action on the part of each man was an act of 

Read verse 4. Abel's faith in God and sincere sacrifice 
were pleasing to God. God can be pleased with us if 
we, too, give Him some honest time. If we serve in His 
church we serve willingly and not grudgingly; if we 

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spend time in prayer, pray honestly not just words; 
if we spend time reading His Scripture, read to learn 
not out of duty. Ttiese acts of our faith can also gain 
God's approval. 

Read verses 5-6. Enoch was taken into Heaven without 
dying which was God's way of showing His pleasure 
with Enoch's faith. Verse 6 tells us that rewards come 
to those who seek Him. God doesn't ignore us when 
we look for Him and give praise to His name in our 

Read verse 7. Noah had been faithful to God over a 
period of time, and because of that was able to hear 
when God had a message for Him. He went ahead and 
acted on that faith even though he was probably 
laughed at and considered crazy by his friends. Out of 
that action, God rewarded him by saving his life and 
the lives of his family and allowing them to begin a 
new life on this earth after the flood. We have to be 
"tuned-in" to God so that we can hear the message He 
has for us. He many times requires action on our part 
to do some of His work, and we have to be willing. 

Read verse S. Abraham showed his faith through an 
act of obedience. God asked him to leave his country 
and go to a new place. Abraham did and trusted God to 
show him the way. That kind of faith is often compared 
to a miner's lamp or a flashlight in a very dark place. 
You can only see a little way in front of you, and you 

have to keep walking and keep the light up cihea- 
see just a little more each step as you go. God gu 
us that way through many things just showing i 
few steps at a time, and through our faith we 1 
going with the belief that he will guide us safelj 
He did Abraham. Several verses following show us o 
acts of Abraham's faith; read through them to 
what you can learn from this man of God. 

Read verses 24-28. Throughout Moses' Ufe he 
showed signs of his faith which give us clues to 
things that are pleasing to God. Moses as a young i 
chose to be on the side of God's people and gave up 
plush life of the palace because of his faith that 
was real and that God would act on behalf of the Isi 
ite people. 

Read verse 29. Sometimes miraculous things hap 
such as the parting of the Red Sea as a result of 
faith of these people. Other times in our lives it is 
dramatic but nevertheless real when we know God 
been at work in something that has happened to us 

There are many other examples here of a faitl 
action and the results of that action. The impor 
thing to remember through them all is that once 
determine that God exists and you put your faitl 
Him He never fails you. He not only provides for > 
needs, but He makes promises of rewards which 
never forgets to give you if you remain faithful 
active for Him. 



What does the Bible say about . . . 


"Let's play house. I'll be the 
momnny." How often we heai' this 
phrase repeated by small girls as they 
play with their playmates. Sometimes 
the role is changed to nurse, 
teacher, or other exciting occupation, 
but the one most mentioned and 
always returned to is the role of 

The older a girl becomes, the 
more important that role of mother 
becomes. There is no greater calling — 
just think what a wonderful mother 
can do ! — and how important it is 
that she be a Christian Mother ! ! 

What does the Bible say about 
Christian Mothers? Let's see — 
what about Timothy's mother? 

Acrs 16:1: II Timothy 1:5; 

There aire many other descriptions 
of wonderful mothers to be found in 
your Bible, much too lengthy to 
begin to include them in this brief 
article. Perhaps you have a 
favorite; Moses' mother, for example. 

ril 25, 1970 

Page Twenty-five 

!iy not look up a favorite and tell 

out her to the rest of the girls at 

ur S.M.M. meeting? 

For myself. I had a new thought 

st this year on a favorite 

blical mother. She is Mai-y, the 

)ther of Jesus. For some unknown 

ison, I had never stopped 

I think before thait on the first 

iSter morning, Jesus' own mother 

IS not one of those women who 

me "eai'ly in the morning." Why 

it, do you think? Was she 

) crashed and saddened? Think 

out this for a minute and then. . . . 


ke 1:26-38: 2:41-52; 
John 19:25-26 

Here, in a brief resume, we 

ve the background stoiy of 

sus' birth and death in relation to 

3 mother. Have you ever thought 

out that phrase, "kept all these 

yings in her heart"? Any woman 

10 had been chosen of God 

uself to bear His Son must have 

io had enough insight to realize, 

3, that when the Lord Jesus Christ 

id He would rise again in three 

ys. He meant what He said! 

Iiy should she go to an empty 

Tib ? Here was truly a mother with 


Proverbs 31:10-31 

How wonderful to be a young 
>man in these days! When one 
►ks back into history, time and time 
ain gi'eat changes have taken 
ice because a woman and her faith 
)od finn in the face of great 

odds. Look ai'ound you in this time 
— much needs to be done. We hear 
much talk today of the new 
feminist movement. Jesus himself 
was the first to grant a place of 
equality to woman-kind. With that 
gift, however, came responsibility, 
and that word never has more 
meaning than it will when eaich 
girl becomes a mother. 

That new son or daughter is not 
only to be loved and cai'ed for 
tenderly but also with great 
discipline and understanding. In 
those early days of childhood, be 
sure to follow the advice found 
in Proverbs. 

Proverbs 22:6 

This advice has held true in case 
history after case history. Check it 
out and see for yourself. 

Look at yourself — ai-e you the kind 
of pei'son that will make a fine 
Christian Mother some of these 
days ? If you have any doubts 
in this matter, check yourself against 
some of the prerequisites to be in your Bible; "search the 

May I just add a postscript to 
this month's writing: This entire 
series is not intended to be a 
complete study of any one subject 
but more a "leading question" 
which just might ignite your interest 
in th^t subject enough to get you to 
study your Bible more. Ti-y to leani 
more of what your Bible tells you 
on each subject. You will find 
this to be a most interesting and 
stimulating experience, rather like a 
"treasure hunt" through the 


Isaiah 61:1-2; Luke 4:16-18 

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Signal Lights Program for Ml 
Prepared by Mrs. Alberta Holsin< 



Siiiifing Time: 

■'I WiU Trust" 

"He Will Keep You" 

"Trust in tiie Loid" 

(from Beginner's Sing) 

Bible Time: 

A Helpful Sister 

Miriam had a baby brother. A 
sweet little baby with big black 
eyes and dark, curly hair. She 
wanted everyone to see the dear 
little fellow. But she couldn't take 
him out. She couldn't even tell any- 
one she had a baby brother. The 
cruel king had said aU Hebrew boy 
babies were to be thrown into the 

Miriam helped Mother and Father 
keep their baby a secret. 

One day Mother said, "Miriam, the 
baby is too big to hide any longer." 

"What will we do?" asked Miriam. 

"We will obey the king," replied 

"Oh, no!" said Miriam. 
"We will put him in the river," 
continued Mother, "but first we will 
put him in this." 

Mother showed Miriam a basket 
she Iiad made. She had woven it 
tightly and filled all the cracks so it 
would float. 

Gently Mother put the baby in it. 
Carefully she tucked the covers 
about liim. Then Miriam helped 
Mother caiTy the basket-boat to the 
river and place in in the water. 

"Hide here in the tall grasses," 
said Mother. "Watch to see that no 
harm comes to the baby." Then 
Mother went home. 

WhUe Miriam watched the prin- 
cess and her maids came to the 

"Oh, look," said tlie princess. "See 
that basket? Bring it to me." 

A maid waded into the water and 
brought the basket back to the 

"It's a baby!" said the princess. 
"A Hebrew baby! What a sweet little 
boy! I'm going to keep him." 

Miriam ran to the princess. "Shall 
I bring a Hebrew woman to take 
care of him for you?" she asked. 

The princess nodded. 

Miriam ran quickly to her own 

"Mother! Mother!" she called. 
"The princess found our baby. She's 
going to keep him! Slie wants a 
woman to take care of him for her!" 

Mother and Miriam hurried back 
to the river. The princess handed the 
baby to her. "Take this baby and 
care for him. I'll pay you for his 
care. When he is older he will come 
to tlio palace to live with me as my 
son. I will name him Moses." 

Happily Mother and Miriam car- 
ried Moses home. No one would 
harm him now for he was the prin- 
cess' son. 

Miriam helped Mother care for 
Moses. Often she told him of the 
day he floated in a basket-boat and 
of God who watched over him. 

Based on Exodus 1:22—2:10 
(Note to Patroness: Use flannel- 
graph figures to help you tell the 
story. ) 

Discussion Time: 

Let the Signal Lights tell about 
their little brothers and sisters. 
Guide their thinking by cisking such 
questions as: How do younger chil- 
dren feel when they are teased? 
How do they feel when older ones 
will not let them play? When the 
play is too rough? How does Mother 
feel when she is busy and you enter- 
tain the younger ones? How does 
she feel when you share with the 
little ones? How does God feel when 
you are kind and thoughtful of 

ftleniory Time: 

Psalm 56:3 

Do you think Miriam was afraid 
for her baby brother? Yes, I think 
she was, too, but she knew God 
would help them. Today's memory 
verse tells us how she felt. (Read 

the verse to the chUdren. Pass i 
the slips of paper with the vi 
written on them.) Will God ) 
you when you are afraid? Do 
trust Him? 

(Practice reading it and saying 
Review previous verses.) 

Story Time: 

God's Plan for Families 

Did you ever watch a mother 
father robin feed their babies? 
you ever watch a mother cat ce 
her babies in her mouth? Did 
ever watch a mother hen call 
babies under her wing? (Let 
cliildren talk about these thini 
God planned that animals take ( 
of their young until they are 
to care for themselves. 

God has such a wonderful plaa 
For babies everywhere. 

He plans that there are famil 
To give them love and care 

Dorothy stood by the crib wa 
ing baby Allen. He was sound Eisli 
It seemed to Dorothy that all A 
did was to sleep and eat and 
When mother- and baby Allen c< 
home from the hospital, Dorc 
was surprised that the baby couli 
do anything for himself. He coull 
walk. Mother or father carried 1 
Sometimes they let Dorothy cs 
him. She was always very car* 
not to drop him. He couldn't t 
He couldn't feed himself. He coul 
do anything but sleep and eat 
cry. Mother had told Dorothy i 
when she was a little baby, 
couldn't do any of these thii 
either. But Dorothy couldn't rem 
bei' that long ago. 

"Mothers and daddies have alw 
taken care of babies," mother 
said. "It is a part of God's p 
When babies grow a little older 
are able to walk and talk and ; 
themselves, they still need the < 
of their parents until they g 

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Page Twenty-seven 

Dorothy thought this was a very 
jnderful plan. Now as Dorothy 
)od by the crib she whispered, "I'm 
iad that God lias planned for fam- 
'ss. I'm glad for Mother and Daddy 
10 take cai'e of baby AUen and 

Jesus and His Mother 

Jesus had a mother 

Wlio cared for Him each day; 
She cooked His food, and tended 

And watched Him at His play. 

God picked her out for Jesus 
Because she was so good; 

There wasn't any one like her 
In all the neighborhood. 

And when He grew to manhood, 
With many things to do, 

His mother still was dear to Him, 
As yours must be to you! 

But even Jesus' mother. 
To win a home on high. 

Must have a living Savior, 
The same as you and I. 

So Jesus is her Savior, too. 

He died for everyone 
Who will repent and turn to Him, 

And trust Him as God's Son. 
— Selected 

Prayer Time: 

Let us thank God for His wonder- 
ful plan for families. Let us each 
tliank Him especially for our own 
mother and father. 

Let us ask God to be with the 
children wlio do not have parents to 
care for tliem. Let us pray especially 
for those in our children's home in 

Handwork Tune: 
A Surprise for Jlotlier and Father 

Give eacli cliild ten pieces of card- 

board about two by three inches. 
Ask them to think of jobs Mother 
and Father ask them to do. Then 
help them to write something like 
this: "I promise to do the dusting 
willingly and with a smile whenever 
Mother hands me this ticket." Or: 
"I promise to weed the garden will- 
ingly and with a smile whenever 
Daddy iiands me this ticket." 

Be sure each one is signed with 
the child's name. Then put all ten 
into an envelope to be taken home 
and given to the parents. 

Business Time: 

1. Signal Lights' Motto. 

2. Roll CaU and Offering. 

3. Discuss our project of a Chil- 
dren's Home for India. 

4. Plan to plant flowers at the 
church next month. 

Sig:nal Liglits' Benediction 

n eye-opener 


"ME PATIENCE of distinguished scholarship for a 
generation has produced a new translation of the 
riptures which strives for accuracy while preserving 
? beauty of the 359-year-old King James Version which 
replaces in Anglican churches. 

rhe New English Bible, issued as a joint effort by 
:ford and Cambridge University Presses, has gone 
ok to original Greek and Hebrew sources, according 
Oxford's Sir Godfrey Driver, head of the team of 
tolars which produced the new version. Most transla- 
ns, he explained, are merely new versions of old ones 
/en the King James is based on the Bishop's Bible 
3 some earlier versions). 

'One of my friends told me, T'U buy your new Bible 
you haven't touched the 23rd Psalm,' " one of the 
inslators said. 

3ut the venerable passage did not escape the trans- 
ors' scapel. "Still water" becomes "waters of peace"; 
restoreth my soul" — "he renews life within me"; "the 
Hey of the shadow of death" — "a valley dark as 

\nother example of change is found in Job 19:25-27. 
e King James reads, "For I know that my redeemer 
sth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon 
'- earth: And though after my skin worms destroy 
s body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I 

shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and 
not another." The new Englisli Bible reads: "But in my 
heart I know that my vindicator lives and that he will 
rise last to speak in court: and I shall discern my wit- 
ness standing at my side and see my defending counsel, 
even God himself, whom I shall see with my own eyes, 
I myself and no other." 

The familiar words of the 121st Psalm become: "If I 
lift up my eyes to the hills, where shall I find help? 
Help comes from the Lord, maker of heaven and earth. 
How could he let your foot stumble?" 

One major goal of the translators was to prepare a 
text that would read well aloud. Consequently, many 
passages now sing with a fresh meter more understand- 
able even, in the view of some, than the 1952 Revised 
Standard Version. 

The New Testament of the New English Bible was 
first published in 1961 and lias since sold more than 7 
million copies. The publishers anticipate that the demand 
for the $9.95 first edition of $1 miUion will exceed the 
supply until the high speed presses in late summer can 
catch up. 

Jesuit Biblical Scholar John L. McKenzie of the Uni- 
versity of Notre Dame predicted in Time magazine that 
the new version will be quickly accepted for Catholic 
church use and praised it as the "most successful mod- 
ern-language version I have seen." 

Page Twenty-eight 

The Brethren Evang^ 


nPHE CONTRACT was let to a local contractor and 
1 work is beginning immediately on the new dormi- 
tory for boys at Riverside Christian Training School, 
at Lost Creek. Following the fire disaster in December 
at Lost Creek, the Missionary Board determined that it 
was most essential to build a Boys' Dormitory. 

The Kentucky Commission immediately investigated 
the best building materials, construction and plans to be 
used for this new building. Woodrow A. Immel took 
the initiative as the Chairman and the responsibility 
fell on his shoulders along with the other two com- 
mission members, Waldo Gaby and Jerald Radcliff. 

A sketch of the general floor plan for the new dormi- 
tory is herewith. This building will house si.xteen boys, 
in addition to having living quarters for dorm parents. 
It will be complete with electric heat (a special rate is 
given in Kentucky for electric heat), thermopane win- 
dows, aluminum siding and vinyl floof coverings. There 
also will be built-in bunks, wardrobes and desks for 
the students. 

Many contributions were made to alleviate expenses 
after the disaster and funds were used in part to do 
work on the faculty house to bring it to near comple- 
tion to give the needed rooms there. Money is still com- 
ing in for the Boys' Dormitory to support the Mission- 
ary Board, whose responsibility it is for the construc- 
tion and the payment of the contract. 

The cost of the building is to be approximai 
$25,000. To date we have on hand the following funo 
Insurance received from old dormitory $10,000 ' 
Robinson Foundation 5,000 i 

Local contributions 3,000 ' 

Denomination 1,500 1 

TOTAL $19,500 

The need is for at least an additional $6,000. The 1( 
community has given thousands of dollars for 
project, they have responded generously. We, the Br 
ren, need to support this, our mission work at 1 

Please! let us make this an over and above gift 

this special need. Continue your regular support to 

Home Mission work and then designate special "c 

and above" gifts for "dorm project" and mail to: 

Missionary Board of the Brethren Church 

530 CoUege Avenue 

Ashland, Ohio 44805 

Thank you for your interest, prayers and suppor 

the mission program of the church. May the Holy Sj 

guide you in your stewardship for this need at Ril 

side Christian Training School at Lost Creek, Kentuc 

New Dormitory for Boys at 

Riverside Christian Trainin.£f School 

Boys' rooms to the left and Dorm parents 

apartment to the ri<fht 

Room 1 

Room 2 

Room 3 

Room 4 





Ki tchen 



Bedroom '< 

Room 5 

Room 6 

Room 7 

Room 8 




>rU 25, 1970 

Page Twenty-nine 

"•HE BIG talk in India today is 

"Hindusthan" (India for Hindus), 
lis came out of Indianisation of India 
lich really means "to be an Indian you 
.ist be a Hindu." The situation appears 
ry critical for Christians. Shiidhi 
leansing) Committees are coming into 
istence in many states to convert 
iristians to Hinduism. Siva Saijna, the 
my to strengthen Hinduism, is fast 
creasing in numbers. The central 
vernment is also taking necessary 
jps to control Christian activities in India. 
na Sangh, one of the leading political 
rties in India, has resolved for the 
imediate ban of all foreign missionaries, 
ime state governments have already 
ade "anti-conversion" legislations. In the 
ate of Madhya, "The bill provides for 
e prohibition of religious conversion 
I'ough force, allurement or by fraudulent 
aans. Conversion of women under the 
■e of eighteen is banned. Every conversion 
the state will have to be intimated 
the District Magistrate concerned, for 
vestigation by a police officer not under 
e rank of an Inspector. It provides for 
'O-years' imprisonment or a fine of 
1,000 Rupees (U.S. $1,340) for illegal 
■nversion." In the State of Orissa the law 
ys "No person shall convert or attempt to 
nveil, either directly or otherwise, any 
■rson from one religious faith to another 
' use of force or by inducement or by any 
audulent means, nor shall any person 
)et any such conversion." 
When the human forces are tiying their 
!st to control the growth of Christianity 
India, the Lord has set an open door 
r The Brethren Church. In the Hindu 
ligious state of Andhra Pradesh, on 
e banks of "holy river" Godavari, in the 
storic pilgrim city of Rajahmundry, The 
fethren Church was established with 
e participation and cooperation of 
ate and local governments. 
On Thursday, January 22, 1970, the 
rethren Bible Mission was founded in 
ajahmundry as an extension of the 
inistries of the Missionary Board of The 
'--ethren Church, for fulfilling the 
irposes and objectives of The Brethren 

We Are 
Now In 


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Certificate of Registration of Societies 
Act XXI of I860. 

Soclet/ No. 23 of 3970 

/ hrreby certify that " HS-mHSH mgg 


has this day been registered under the Societies 
Registration Act XXI of 1860. 

Given under my hand at KiKINiDi 
ne thousand nine hundred 

tm> SEVBHTV iSth PhalB«n 1*1 3.^. 

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-^ ■ ' ' y': .-_"' Districi Registrar. 
'-«' *ast Godavari Disirici. 

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Legal Registration of the Brethren 
Bible Mission in India 

Page Thirty 

The Brethren Evangc 

Rajahmundiy, the city of temples and tlie 
rice bowl of India, became the seat of 
the Brethren Missions in India. Tlie greater 
city is with a growing population of 
about two hundred thousand, but only 
3% are Christians. In this situation, the 
Lord enabled us to have our inaugural 
function in the Municipal Council Hall. 

God has blessed us so much that we were 
even able to get the cooperation of the 
State Government. The Government of 
Andhra Pradesh has taken part in our 
inauguration through its cabinet minister 
(the term "minister" is used in India only 
for highest political officials) inaugurating 
our mission. It may sound strange to 
hear of the Andhra Pradesh Government 
taking a prominent part in a Christian 
function, whereas other states are making- 
legislations against Christianity. We 
know the Holy Spirit \\'orks in mysterious 
ways; it is He who channeled the Brethren 
Church to India. 

We felt the presence of the Lord 
in our plans and we depended upon Him to 
lead us and guide us. When we approached 
the mayor of the city, a devoted Hindu, 
to preside over the function, he accepted 
without any hesitation. Some officials 
in the town gave their cooperation in 

immmh prases' ' 

Foundation shield (or plaqi 
for the Brethren Bible Missi* 

Director Kumar expresses thanks to inau 
ral audience 

Official act of Inauguration by State official, 
with Director Kumar and the Mayor assisting 

Cabinet Minister addresses Assembly, « 

Secretary Ingraham, the city's mayor ; 
Director Kumar looking on. 

rU 25, 1970 

Page Thirty-one 

.ending the function even at the busy 
Lir of the day. Many local Christians gave 
;ir prayerful suppoil in being there. 
In order to start the function, I invited 
; speakers to occupy their respective 
lirs on the platfomi. Honorable Sti 
\e Indian way of saying JMr.) V. 
■ishnamurty Naidu, Minister for Power, 
vemment of Andhra Pradesh; Sri 
Veerabhadrarao, Mayor of the city ; and 
verend M. Virgil Ingraham, General 
eretary, Missionary Board of The 
ethren Church, were invited to sit and 
re individually honored by being 
rlanded with flowers. 
The function started with prayer by 
J. Martin, Principal of the Lutheran 
eological College, Rajahmundry. 
verend Ingraham delivered the inaugural 
dress. In his address, he explained the 
itoric background of The Brethren 
urch and its doctrinal position of 
n-violence, \\hich is similar to that of 
-ndhi's. He made it clear that the purpose 
establishing Brethren Bible Mission is 
proclaim the love of Jesus Christ, 
d to help Indians to help themselves. 
The Honorable Sri Krishnamurty Naidu 
veilded the foundation shield of the 
ethren Bible Mission and said that it was 
! first time to take part in a Christian 
action. In his speech he said that he nevei' 
id the Bible and did not know anything 
out Christianity but he hailed the 
iuable social services rendered by the 
ristian missionaries in India. He 

thanked the United States for helping 
India in many different ways and urged 
for the growth of friendship between the 
two nations. 

Sri P. Veerabhadrarao, the mayor, who 
is an attorney by profession, said that the 
Bible is a good book like Gita (Hindu 
Sacred Scripture), and they both speak 
of being good and doing good. He thanked 
the Brethren Church for selecting 
Ptajahmundry as headquarters of the 
Brethren Bible Mission. He said the city 
is fast growing in size and population 
and the people have great needs. 
He expressed his hope that the Brethren 
Bible Mission will immediately involve 
in humanitarian service, as it is the 
service of God. 

The function came to an end by the 
proposal of a vote of thanks and a closing 
prayer by me. 

Before the function we invited the 
minister to our home for breakfast and he 
came with his staff. A few days after the 
function we sent a Telugu Holy Bible by 
mail to his office in the state capital, 
Hyderabad, and he accepted it. 

The civic response for the inaugural 
function was good. There were about two 
hundred people, both men and women, 
representing various walks of life including 
the police chief. Many Christians 
commented that this was the first time 
they saw Hindu government officials taking 
part in a Chi'istian function. Praise the 
Lord ! We had a good stai"t ! 

Ityor of Rajahmundry offers commendation 
' Brethren Bible Mission 

Scene of Inauguration 
City Hall, Rajahmundry 

Page Thirty-two The Brethren Evangi 



— Youth Workers' Conference and Seminars 

— The BCE News 

— Youth Commission Research 

— Camp Commission' 

— Youth Leaders Resource Guide* 


— 1970 Bible Quiz* (Hebrews) 

— National BYC Convention 

— BYC Council 

— Special Retreats 

— LWR Lifeline ■— Mailing to Life Work Recruits 

— Military Messenger — Mailing to Brethren 


— The Crusader Program* 
*Coming in 1 970 






'T^ otet^^icti 


May 9. 1970 

No. 10 

lite. "B'lctUeK, 




r ST 


Editor of Publications George Schuster 

Board of Editorial ('onsultaiits 

Woman's Missionary Society . . Mrs. Judy Steiner 

National Laymen's Organization 

Mr. Floyd Benshoff 

Missionary Board .... Mrs. Marion M. Mellinger 

Sisterhood Miss Nancy Bates 

Board of Christian Education: 

Youth Commission .... Miss Beverly Summy 
Adult Commission Rev. Fred Burkey 

Published biweekly (twenty-si.x issues per year) 


524 College Avenue 

Ashland, Ohio 44805 

Phone: 323-7271 

Terms of Subscription: 
$4.00 per year single subscription 

Entered as second class postage paid at Ashland, 
Ohio. Accepted for mailing at special rate, section 
1103, Act of Oct. 3, 1917. Autliorized Sept. 3, 1928. 

Change ot Address: In ordering change of ad- 
dress, please notify at least tiiree weeks in ad- 
vance, giving both old and new address. 

Remittances: Send all money, business commun- 
ications and contributed articles to above address. 

Prudential Committee: 

Elton Whitted, President; Rev. George Solomon, 
Vice President; Richard Poorbaugh 

In This Issue: 

Notes and Comments 2 

Introduction of New Editor 

by Elton Whitted 3 

Open Letter from Central Council 4 

Report from Central Council 5 

How Pastors Should Treat Their Laymen 

by Rev. L. V. King 7 

A.C. Student Wins National Mention 9 

News From The Brethren 10 

The Missionary Board 12 

Central District Mission Board News 

by Rev. Paul D. Steiner 15 

Quips and Quotes 15 

Bryan, Ohio Report 16 

The Brethren Layman 17 

Sisterhood 19 

"Let Go and Let God" — Signs In The 

Last Days by Stephen D. Swihart 20 

"Changing Horses" by George Schuster ... .23 

"They" 24 

"I Am Your Church Paper" 24 


ATTENTION of all brethren 
is called to an "Open Letter to the Brethr 

as provided by the Central Council on 
Central District Memorial on Baptism. 
Brethren should read and consider the 0! 
Letter and Report, and are encouraged 
g-ive prayerful and careful consideration t( 


CONGRATULATIONS are in order for 
• and Mrs. Philip Hershberger upon the t 
of a daughter on January 8, 1970. 

Leah Rae weighed six pounds seven and 
half ounces at birth. 


What is The Brethren Church? 
How and by whom was it started? 
What is its Life, Thought and Mission? 
How old is The Brethren Church? 
What historical position does it have? 
Where can one find enlightenment as to 

its problems and progress? 
Who is most qualified to answer these questif 
The answers to these questions? 

Look at the back cover of this issue of the 

Report of The Indiana Leadership 

Training School 

Attention! Pastors and Statisticians . . . . 

Saving The Seventies 

Holy City To Host Prophetic Conference 

Found : One Lost Day 

World Religious News In Review 

Board of Christian Education 

y 9, 1970 

Page Three 

President of the Brethren Publishing Company 


Ir. George Schuster, Editor of Brethren PubUcations. 

Ir. Schuster, a layman from the Trinity Brethren 
irch, in Canton, Ohio, begins his editorial duties with 
1 issue; the first layman to serve as Editor of Publi- 
ions. The Brethren Publishing Company takes 
jsure in presenting him to our readers, 
'he Brethren Publishing Company has taken this 
3 only after much searching and prayer. In keeping 
h tradition some seven Brethren ministers were inter- 
ived for the editorship, by letter, by phone, and in 
son. Several exhibited genuine interest in the call 

in the end each felt that his call was for the pastoral 
listry. This response, coupled with the shortage of 
listers in our pulpits and the previous recommenda- 
IS that the format and emphasis be directed toward 

laitj', led us to turn in this direction in our search, 
are pleased that Mr. Schuster has accepted our 

Ir. Schuster is a member of the Trinity Brethren 
arch in Canton, Ohio, becoming a member in 1951 
2r having worshipped with the congregation since 
6. The Schuster home was in the Magnolia area, 
.theast of Canton, and when the church moved to its 
sent location, it meant a 24 mile drive to church each 
iday for the family. In spite of this the Schusters 
re active in the work of the church, and George 
ved as teacher of the Family Circle Sunday School 
ss, Eis Vice-Moderator, as a Trustee, and is presently 
- of the Deacons of the Trinity congregation. He is 
u now serving as a Trustee of the Ohio District, 
te has been active in laymen's work, serving as Presi- 
it of the Trinity Laymen and of the Northeast Ohio 

Laymen, and is now in his second term as Secretary of 
the National Laymen's Organization. 

He attended General Conference for the first time in 
1958 and has since become a familiar figure on the con- 
ference grounds, singing in the Conference choir and 
penning his "Schusterisms" on the Laymen's black- 
board. He served for several years on the Evangelist 
Promotional Committee and has been a contributor to its 
pages. His other General Conference activities have been 
with the Membership Committee and the Resolutions 

George and his wife Ola have four children all of 
whom are living in the Canton area. The oldest and the 
youngest are boys, George and Dick: the girls are Karen 
iReidenbaugh) and Donna Faye (Rohli. The family 
lias sliared George's love of music, painting, and collect- 
ing miniature automobiles. In addition to his choir work 
he plays the violin, organ and piano. 

After a brief fling in the retail business George joined 
the Standard Oil Company of Ohio and had worked with 
them as a driver and driver trainer for 29 years when 
he took early retirement to come with the Publishing 

Mr. Schuster began his work with the Publishing 
Company bj' attending a three-day Conference on 
Christian Literature sponsored by Christian Life Publi- 
cations and held at Wheaton College. He came back 
from this meeting full of enthusiasm and ideas. His 
interest and eagerness to learn and his devotion to the 
Brethren Church have made us believe our choice was 
right. We feel that the Lord has led us in this direction, 
and we look forward to our association together. May 
God bless him and direct him as he labors in this new 

Page Four The Brethren EvangC' 




alized tlie General Conference concerning the question about receiving 
into membership without re-baptism believers previously immersed by other 
than the triune mode. 

The memorial reads as follows: 

"We memorialize the General Conference of the Brethren Church with 
this petition of inquiry — ^that the Central Distinct Conference goes on 
record as favoring — that the Brethren Church accept into membership 
persons who have confessed Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior, 
and have been baptized by Believers' Immersion, and who evidence a 
personal faith in their lives." 
Following a brief discussion on the conference floor, the matter was re- 
ferred to Central Council for consideration. 

Central Council, in its November meeting, gave careful consideration to 
the matter, and appointed a committee chai'ged with prepainng guidelines 
for an indepth study of the memorial, to report back to Council in April. 
Their report was to include a program for getting this before the church 
so that in due time a knowledgeable consensus might be i-eached by the 

The consensus of the committee is that the memorial is offered in a spirit 
of genuine inquiry' and is intended to precipitate neither disagreement nor 
dishai'mony, but candid discussion of the mattei'. 

In the interest of hamiony and unity in the Brethi'en Church, the com- 
mittee is seeking to design a program of research, discussion, and infonna- 
tion on the memorial relating to baptism which will be implemented on all 
levels of the Brethren Church (locaJ, district and national) leading to a 
knowledgeable concensus within the brotherhood in a reasonable period of 

Inasmuch as the Executive Committee of General Conference has as- 
signed the time period of 8:15-9:1.5 a.m. on the Wednesday, August 18, 1970 
program for a panel discussion dealing with the memorial relating to bap- 
tism, the committee feels that its own members should present a program 
consisting of: 

(1) The spirit in which this research is to proceed 

(2) The suggested approach to this study 

(3) Specific areas to be researched 

(4) Methods of shai'ing research with the brotherhood 
Following the panel discussion tliere will be opportunity for questions on 

the subject matter presented by the panel, and on the suggested program 
of study and consideration among the Brethren. The panel presentation will 
be prepared in manuso'ipt form for publication in The Brethren Evangelist 
at a later date. It is also planned that the panel discussion will be taped, and 
tapes made available to local churches which may wish to use them. 

Following conference, there will be papers prepared on the vai'ious as- 
pects of the memorial subject, which will also be availAle to districts and 
local churches, for discussion groups, further study and questions. 

A bibliography on the subject of baptism will be prepared for distribu- 
tion to pastors at the 1970 General Conference. 

y 9, 1970 Page Five 

The Committee and Central Council urge the General Conference to make 
no conclusions on this matter in less than two years (beginning with the 
1970-71 Conference yeai') and that no action be taken by the General Con- 
ference without 90 days notice to all churches (by letter from the Central 
Council) prior to the oi>ening of General Confei'ence. (The purpose of this 
recommendation is to assume sufficient time for research, discussion, and 
dissemination of inforaiaition at all levels of the church.) 

We would remind the Brethren that this is a matter on which no snap 
judgment and conclusion should be made. For this reason, this period of 
indepth scriptural study with thinking and much praji'ul consideration 
should transpire before seeking a consensus. 

By this method the Holy Spirit may continue to direct in the work and 
witness of the church without intem.i]>tion, while the mind of the church 
manifests itself in an orderly Christian response to this inquiry. 

Prepared and submitted in the love of 
Christ, Central Council of the Breth- 
ren Church and Committee on the 
Central District Memorial on Baptism. 

W. St. Clair Benshoff, 

W. Clayton Berkshire 
Arden E. Gilmer 
Glenn Shank 
Frederick T. Burkey, 



)LLOWING LUNCH four members of the committee Purpose of this Committee 

assembled at the office of the Director of Christian We understand our task as a committee to be that 

cation at Ashland, Ohio, at 1:15 p.m., Wednesday, of designing a program of research, discussion, and 

'uary 25, 1970. Members present were: Rev. W. St. information concerning the Central District Memo- 

r Benshoff, chairman. Rev. W. Clayton Berkshire, rial relating to baptism which will be implemented 

. Arden Gilmer and Rev. Frederick Burkey. on all levels of the Brethren Church (loccil, district, 

fter a period of prayer. Chairman Benshoff called and national) leading to a knowledgeable consensus 

committee into formal session. within the brotherhood in a reasonable period of 

' Memorial 

The Memorial, as printed in the Conference Annual Articles of Incorporation 

1969, page 37, was read and the consensus was that The Committee perused the Articles of Incorpora- 

the Memorial is offered in a spirit of genuine in- tion of the Brethren Church, filed with the Secre- 

quiry and is intended to precipitate neither dis- tary of State of the State of Ohio, September 21, 

agreement nor disharmony but candid discussion 1883, and found no statement which precludes fur- 

,of the matter. ther investigation of the matter before us. 

Page Six 

The Brethren Evange 

1970 General Conference 

Inasmuch as the Executive Committee of General 
Conference has assigned the time period of 8:15- 
9:15 a.m. on the Wednesday, August 18, 1970 pro- 
gram for a panel discussion dealing with the Cen- 
tral District Memorial relating to baptism, the 
Committee feels that its own members should pre- 
sent a program consisting of: 

(1) The spirit in which this research is to 

(2) The suggested approach to this study 

(3) Specific areas to be researched 

(4) Methods of sharing research with the 

Committee members will prepare their panel pre- 
sentations in manuscript form for publication in 
The Brethren Kvangelist at a later date. One mem- 
ber of the Committee will act as moderator. Follow- 
ing this presentation questions from the floor may 
be directed to the panel through the moderator but 
will be limited strictly to the subject of the panel 
and will not deal with the issue of baptism. Com- 
ments on the program of implementation will be 
allowed — comments on the issue of baptism will 


1. We recommend that the letter prepared by this 
Committee be endorsed by the Central Council at 
the April 1970 meeting and that it appear as an 
open letter to all Brethren in the Maj' 9, 1970 issue 
of The Bretliren Evanselist. The letter will be infor- 
mational regarding the spirit and procedure to be 
followed in this research project. 

2. We also recommend that this panel session be tape 
recorded and that Central Council purchase twenty- 
five (25) cassettes to be used for distribution to 
local churches who wish to hear them. We further 
recommend that Central Council secure the ser- 
vices of a competent technician to engineer the 
recording, editing (under committee guidance), and 
reproduction of tapes on cassettes. 

Recommendations on Procedure 

We recommend that: 

1. A Supervisory Committee be selected by the Cen- 
tral Council to oversee the carrying out of the en- 
tire research, discussion and information program 
regarding the Central District Memorial pertaining 
to baptism as outlined in this report. 

2. The Supervisory Committee select writers who will 
produce assigned papers in collaboration with two 
other men also selected by this Committee. (Thus 
three men would participate in the production of 
each paper.) The writer will prepare his paper in 
triplicate and send one copy of the manuscript to 
each of the other two men. These two men will 
study the paper, offer constructive suggestions and 
return the paper to the author who will then pre- 
pare a revised copy for formal presentation accord- 
ing to assignment. 

3. One copy of the revised manuscript be sent to the 
chairman of the Supervisory Committee no later 
than one month before formal presentation to facili- 
tate reproduction and distribution. 

4. Immediately following the presentation of e 
paper, small discussion groups be established 
formulate questions which may then be directe<' 
the three-man writing committee. 

5. The reading of the papers and question and ans' 
sessions be tape recorded for distribution in 
same manner as described in the section on "Ini 
mation" section 2. 

6. Following the presentation of a paper or pap 
district moderators be notified by letter from 
Central Council Executive Secretary that they i 
arrange for discussion sessions with the autl 
in their districts by contacting the Central Cou 
Executive Secretary who will make the necess 
arrangements. Either the Executive Secreteiry ( 
member of the Supervisory Committee will ac 
moderator of the meeting. Travel expenses wil 
assumed by the Central Council. j 

7. Papers which are prepared as assigned by ' 
Supervisory Committee be brought together 
publication in book form upon completion of 
study. I 

8. A general bibliography on the subject of bapt| 
be prepared by the Supervisory Committee for I 
tribution to pastors at the 1970 General Conferei 

9. Central Council urge the General Conferenctj 
make no conclusions on this matter in less than j 
years (beginning with the 1970-71 Conference yi 
and that no action be taken by the General Cor' 
ence without 90 days notice to all churches 
letter from the Central Council) prior to the o 
ing of General Conference. (The purpose of 
recommendation is to assure sufficient time foi 
search, discussion, and dissemination of infoi 
tion at all levels of the church.) 

Recommended Areas of Research < 

1. The Brethren Position on the Inspiration 
Authority of Scripture 

2. The Biblical View of Believers' Immersion 

Evidence for triune immersion 

Evidence for single immersion 

(No conclusions or opinions — simply a s 
ment of evidences cited in support of i 

3. The New Testament Relationship of Baptism tQ 
Purpose of the Church 

4. The Apostolic Fathers' View of the Relationshil 
Baptism to the Purpose of the Church 

5. The Historical View of the Brethren Church 
1970) on the Ordinance of Baptism 

6. The Nature and Purpose of Baptism in the Bd 
ers' Church 

7. Is the Re-immersion of Believers Scriptural 
necessary for membership in the Brethren Chul 

This report is respectfully submitted to the Cei{ 
Council of the Brethren Church by: 

Rev. W. St. Clair Benshoff, 

Rev. W. Clayton Berkshire 
Rev. Arden Gilmer 
Rev. Glenn Shank 
Rev. Frederick Burkey, 


I 9, 1970 

Page Seven 


by REV. L Y. KING 


the active pastorate I have 
ired to write two articles for 
; Brethren Evangelist on the 
eral subject "Pastor and Peo])le 
ationships," with the hope that it 
■f help young-er pastors as well as 
rehes. These articles will 
refore deal with two topics: 

"How A Pastor Should Treat 

People" and (2) "How The 
'ple Should Treat Their Pastor." 
ome of the illustrations used will 
;aken from my own ministry of 
v^ears, and others from what I 
e obsei'ved of other pastors and 
rches. I have served smaller 
i-ches and the largest church 
>ur denomination. I have sei-\'ed 
ntry churches and city churches. 
ive had several churches of 
rt pastorates and several of 
rer terms. So I have had a varied 
erience as a pastor. 

have always believed in long 
torates even though my own 
erience involved only an average 
ix years. In some instances the 
iige meant a greater work for 

Lord and a wider experience. 

am deeply concerned with this 
jtionship. I have seen strong 
rches become weak because there 

some misunderstanding between 
'tor and people, and I have seen 
le weak churches become strong 
m the proper attitudes were 
jmed. I have seen strong pastors 
>me discouraged because they 

the congregation did not show 
>er regai'd for their ministiy. 

I have seen weaker pastors 
>me strong because their 
Allegations proved a blessing to 

r ministry. 

Sometimes when a new pastor 
moves into a field he is thought of 
as an angel sent from heaven ; he is 
just the man for the place. He is 
such an improvement over the 
fomier pastor. Surely he was sent by 
God to occupy the place of leadership. 
That sweetness and love seemed to 
have changed after a few yeai-s, and 
often it is because of a few 
disgruntled members who feel that 
the entire church oug'ht to Ijow to 
their wishes. 

Why the change so suddenly. 
Is this due to the fact that the 
pastor begins to know his people too 
well, knows their weaknesses and 
faults? Or is it that the people begin 
to see the short comings of the 
pastor ? 

I deal with the problem of the 
pastor first because he ought to 
know best how to run a church. He 
has had schooling and training on 
this subject, while many of his flock 
have never had any training on how 
to treat a pastor ; therefore he ought 
to be an example to the flock. 
He should be able to ajjply the 
golden rule first so that his peojjle 
may see that he has the right and 
pi'oper attitude toward them. 

I want to use two texts that I 
believe ought to be helpful. The first 
is found in I Peter 5 :2. I want you 
to think about the first few words 
of this verse, namely, "Feed the 
flock." This text suggests that a 
congregation is a "flock." It also 
suggests that a flock is to be fed. 
It also suggests that the flock 
must eat the food that is sei-ved. 

What is the food the pastor is to 
feed his flock ? The food must be 
the Word of God. He has no other 

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The Brethren Evangi 

food to give them. This is the only 
food a Christian congreg-ation 
can eat and digest. It suggests that a 
congregation is a flock, and that 
the flock is hungry. It is not the 
pastor's flock but the flock of God ; 
not his choice pets nor just his 
enemies. Jesus informed Peter of 
what group the flock consists when 
He said to him, "Feed my sheep." 
This involved the entire congregation. 
Then Jesus said, "Feed my lambs." 
This included the little children; 
those just newly bom into the 
Kingdom of Heaven. How happy we 
ought to be to feed the happ.v, lively 
lambs. Then He also said to Peter, 
"Feed the mother lambs"; those who 
are about to g'ive birth to little ones 
and those who have little ones to 

Yes, it is more interesting to feed 
the little hungiy lambs than the 
old, worn-out ones, but a pastor 
that feeds his flock feeds the entire 
group. He dare not neglect any of 
his flock. If he neglects any pai't 
he is borrowing trouble for himself. 
It means he dare not have pet lambs, 
pet members of his congi'egation. It 
means that he gives equal 
consideration of his entire flock, no 
matter what attitude they assume 
toward him. It means not to give 
the pets hay and the others straw. 
There may be one black sheep 
among the flock, but the black one 
dare not be neglected. 

The children are important. They 
have all of life before them and are 
easily trained. The "awful young- 
people" as some term them, are being- 
brought up in a mixed world and 
must therefore be given special 
consideration. The young man-ied 
people with their families must be 
fed the sweet milk of the Gospel and 
solid food. The Senior Citizens, 

especially the older ones -with their 
aches and pains and their lajck of 
understanding the youth of today, 
need hope. So to feed the flock 
the pastor must give equal 
consideration to all the members, 
regai'dless. To feed the flock means 
every member. 

It means not only those -who 
come to church and support the 
pastor, l)ut we are to go out into the 
iDVways and the highways and bring 
them into the fold. I take it that this 
would include the inactive. How much 
better this is than to simply dismiss 
all responsibility by removing them 
from the rolls. 

The second duty and this 
necessarily follo-ws the first, is "to 
love the brethren." In fact if a 
minister is true to his calling he is 
duty bound to love all the members. 
Of course we cannot help but love 
those -who love and respect us ; this 
is easy. But it is Christ-like to love 
those who do not respect us and treat 
us as kindly as we think they should. 
This includes those who attend our 
services yet appear cold toward us. 
It also includes the inactive. 
Inactive because they may not be 
able to go along with our program. 
What is our relationship to these ? 
The Scriptures state that we are to 
love our enemies. We ai"e to do good 
to all men. Hence it means we dare 
not ignore them. Some pastors 
dischai'ge their duty to such by 
simply removing them from the 
roll of the church. We then forget 
them as though they never were a 
liart of the flock. 

I have discovered that there were 
some in the church I could not 
interest, but they became good 
workers when the new pastor came 
on the field. And there were those 
who were active in my ministry but 


Isaiah 61:1-2; Luke 4:16-18 

r I 

iy 9, 1970 

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d not support the new pastor. In 
ct there ai"e very few members of 
e flock who have not themselves 
en inactive at some time. So 
stors should not feel that the 
a'son that has not supported 
m may not support the next man 
at comes on the field. 
What then should be our attitude 
wai'd the whole church, active and 
ictive ? Who in the church needs 
e love and prayers of the pastor 
)st, the active or the inactive? 

Who needs to be visited in the home 
most often, those who come regularly 
or those who do not attend ? Does 
not the Scripture urge us to love all 

So I close by urging all pastors to 
feed the whole flock, even if he has to 
go out and away from the church 
to do it, and to love the entire 
congregation with a passion that 
thrusts him out to where the people 
live. Preach the Word, love the 

In Woodrow Wilson Competition 

Prof. Gerald W. MacKellar commends Richard L. Stoffer, 
senior biology major 

I ICHARD L. STOFFER, a senior at Ashland College, 
k. received an honorable mention in the Woodrow 
Ison National Fellowship Foundation competition. 

From 12,000 nominees in the United States and Cana- 
I regional selection committees have this year named 
'50 Woodrow Wilson designates and placed 1,150 on 
i honorable mention list," Gerald W. MacKellar 

-lacKellar, associate professor of history at Ashland 
! lege, heads the faculty selection committee for Wood- 
W WUson Nominees from AC. 

jitoffer, who is a biology major, is the son of Mr. and 
3. Thomas L. Stoffer, Canton. He was treasurer of 
' Pathfinders ( biology club ) his sophomore year and 
■sident his junior year and has been treasurer of 
iha Theta (non-denominational campus organization) 

for two years. He has been named to the dean's list five 

According to information received from the founda- 
tion, all these students have met the same high stand- 
ards as Woodrow Wilson Fellows elected in past com- 
petitions. Stoffer's name has been sent to graduate 
schools with the endorsement of the Woodrow Wilson 

Funds for Wilson fellowships and study awards 
have been provided by the Ford Foundation, the Charles 
E. Merrill Trust and the Avalon and Old Dominion 

Over 1,000 future college teachers have been elected 
winners in the annual competition. The finalists, known 
as Woodrow Wilson Designates, topped a field of 
approximately 12,000 outstanding graduating seniors 
nominated for the honor by more than 800 colleges. 

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The Brethren Evangeij 

Bryan, Oliio. Rev. M. W. Dodds has 
been released from the hospital. 
He wishes to express his apprecia- 
tion for all the prayers, cards, 
visits, and other expressions of 
kindness during his illness. 

Oakville, Ind. Rev. Philip Hersh- 
berger resigned his pastorate at 
the First Brethren Church in Oal<- 
ville on December 28, 1969, to be 
effective within six months. 

Warsaw, Ind. Rev. Claude Stogsdill 
has received a call to pastor the 
First Brethren Church of Warsaw. 
His pastorate will begin in June. 

Waterloo, Iowa. Rev. Glenn Grumb- 
ling will begin his pastorate at 
the First Brethren Church of 
Waterloo in June. 

Goshen, Ind. Tlie Goshen Brethren 
News reports that Rev. Waldo E. 
Gaby accepted tlie call of their 
church to be their pastor. He 
moved into the parsonage on Feb- 
uary 14. 

Falls City, Nebr. Rev. Elmer Keck 
reports the ordination of Brother 
James Rieger as deacon. He was 
elected to be a deacon Friday, 
January 23 and ordained at the 
morning worship service on Feb- 
uary 22, 1970. 


GARBER. Mrs. Gertrude Garber 
of Walton, Indiana, passed away on 
December 18, 1969. She was a mem- 
ber of the First Brethren Church of 
Peru. Services were conducted by 
the undersigned. 

Rev. Wilbur L. Thomas 

EIKENBERRY. Madeline Ruse 
Eikenberry passed away February 
27, 1970, after several months of 

illness. She was a faithful member 
of the Mexico First Bretiiren 
Church, Mexico, Indiana. Funeral 
services were conducted in the 
church witli her pastor Rev. Floyd 
Sibert officiating. Interment was in 
the Greenlawn Cemetery, Mexico. 
Mrs. Joseph Berkheiser 

ENYEART. Howard Enyeart, aged 
72, of North Manchester, passed 
away January 2, 1970. Funeral ser- 
vices were held in the Bender Fu- 
neral Home by his pastor Rev. W. 
A. Immel. Burial was in Oaklawn 
Cemetery. He was a member of the 
North Manchester, First Brethren 

HIPPENSTEEL. Mrs. Elsie (Bruc- 
kart) Hippensteel of North Man- 
chester, passed away February 2, 
1970. Slio would have been 90 years 
old February 25. She was a member 
of the North Manchester First Breth- 
ren Church for more than 50 years. 
Funeral services were conducted by 
her pastor, Rev. W. A. Immel. Burial 
was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. 

KNEILEY. Mrs. Pearl B. Kneiley, 
aged 81, of North Manchester, 
passed away February 15, 1970. Fu- 
nereil services were held in the 
Bender Funeral Home by her pastor. 
Rev. W. A. Immel. She was a mem- 
ber of the North Manchester First 
Brethren Church. 

:i- -i^ * 

SHOCK. Max E. Shock, aged 51, 
died unexpectedly March 11, 1970, 
in Bradenton, Florida. Funeral ser- 
vices were held in the North Man- 
chester First Brethren Church of 
which he was a member by the pas- 
tor, Rev. W. A. Immel. Burial was 
in the Fairview Cemetery. 

JONES. Raymond Jones, 71, Flora, 
Indiana, died March 26, 1970. He 
was a member of the First Brethren 
Church of Flora. Services were held 
in the Leiter-Reinke Funeral Home 
with Rev. Clarence Kindley officiat- 

ing. Burial was in the Maple Le 

Gladys Flor,: 
Corresponding Secretai 

GAWTHROP. Mrs. Vera Ga\ 
rop, age 81, of Milford, Inditi 
passed away March 21, 1970. 
was a member of the First Breth 
Church of Milford. Funeral serv 
were conducted by the undersigi 
at the Mishler Funeral Home 
interment was in the New Sa. 

Rev. Albert Curtrigl 

:, * * j 

HOOVER. Perry Hoover, agedj 
passed away March 21, 1970 m\ 
Petersburg, Florida. He had bee 
member of the First Brett 
Church of Milford for 64 years, 
neral services were conducted byi 
undersigned at the First Bretl- 
Church of Milford, and interm 
was in the New Salem Cemetery 
Rev. Albert Curtrigl 

GLENN. Mr. Robert Brent Gl( 
77, passed away January 31, 1 
He was a member of the Sec 
Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pi 
sylvania. Memorial services v 
conducted by the undersigned. Ir 
ment was in Richland Cemet: 
Johnstown, Pennsylvania. j 

Rev. Joseph Hantj 

BECKER. Mr. Charles W. Bee) 
aged 61, passed away Octobej 
1969. He was a member of the 
ond Brethren Church, Johnstc 
Pennsylvania. Services were 
ducted by the undersigned and ii 
ment was in Headrick Cemeten 
Rev. Joseph Hani 

LEVENTRY. Mr. Irvin E. Ley 
try, aged 77, passed away Jani 
6, 1970. He was a member of 
Second Brethren Church, Johnstci 
Pennsylvania. Services were 
ducted by the undersigned and ii 
ment was in Grandview Cemeti 
Rev. Joseph Han? 

:i: * * 

JONES. Mrs. Jessie M. Jones 
passed away February 1, 1970. 
was the wife of the late Rev. Gei 
H. Jones. She was a member oi 
Second Brethren Church and se 
for many years as deaconess. M< 
rial services were conducted atl 
church by the undersigned. Ii 
ment was in Grandview Ceme 
Johnstown, Pennsylvania. 

Rev. Joseph Hani 

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SMITH. Miss Ethel Smith passed 
lay February 15, 1970. She was a 
jmber of the Second Brethren 
lurch, Johnstown, Pennsylvania. 
?morial services were conducted 
the undersigned and interment 
IS in the lOOF Cemetery, Stoys- 
vn, Pennsylvania. 

Rev. Joseph Hanna 

* * * 

iPECK. Mr. Frank U. Peck, age 82, 
ssed away February 2, 1970, at 
; Community Hospital in Falls 
;y, Nebraska. He was an active 
?mber of the First Brethren 
urch in Falls City. Funeral ser- 
es were conducted with the Rev. 
ner Keck, pastor, officiating. 
Twila Lemmon, 
Corresponding Secretary 

3HOWALTER. Mrs. Florence 
leisley Showalter, 85, died January 
1970. She had been a faithful 
■mber and worker in the Bethle- 
iTi Brethren Church, Harrison- 
rg, Virginia. Memorial Services 
re held Monday, January 5, at the 
idsey Chapel in charge of the 
V. Olin B. Landes assisted by the 
V. Robert L. Bridgers. 

Rev. John Locke 

WORRIS. Mrs. Susie Morris of 
ru, Indiana departed this life on 
irch 4, 1969. She was a charter 
■mber of the First Brethren 
urch of Peru. Services were con- 
cted by the undersigned. 

Rev. Wilbur L. Thomas 

lALPIN. Mrs. Faye Halpin of 
ru, IndicUia, passed away Novem- 
■ 27, 1969. She was a faithful 
•mber of the First Brethren 
urch and had held several offices 
the church and Sunday school, 
rvlces were conducted by her 
3tor, the undersigned. 

Rev. Wilbur L. Thomas 

* * * 

^ALSTON. Mrs. Susie Ralston 
)5sed away on January 14, 1970. 
rvices were conducted by her pas- 
, the undersigned, assisted by 
s. Ralston's grandson, Rev. Ron- 
1 Laudenschlager. 

Rev. Wilbur L. Thomas 

* * * 

'lALIDAY. Mr. Clyde Haliday, 
-3 Parkland Court, Washington, 
-., died on September 18. He was 
^ aember of the Washington Breth- 
i|i Church for many years. Services 
'' re conducted by Rev. Robert L. 
■: plinger. 

WHITEHAIR. Mrs. Myrtle Arnold 
Whitehair, aged 91, passed away 
February 12, 1970. She was a mem- 
ber of the Whitedale Brethren 
Church, Terra Alta, West Virginia. 
Mrs. Melvin Slaubaugh 


cy Geaslen was married to Mr. Rob- 
ert Lorraine on November 22, 1969, 
in a home wedding officiated by 
Rev. Robert Keplinger and Rev. 
Jimmie Geaslen, brother of the 
bride. The couple are at present 
making their home at 6030 Logan 
Way, Bladensburg, Maryland. 

Rev. Robert Keplinger 

Jeanne Sylvester was married to Mr. 
Glenn Lehman II on Saturday, 
December 27, 1969, at the Washing- 
ton Brethren Church by Rev. Robert 
L. Keplinger. Mr. Lehman is a mem- 
ber of the church, and the couple 
will reside at 11216 Evans Trail, 
Apt. 104, Beltsville, Maryland. 

Rev. Robert Keplinger 

Anne Moomaw, daughter of Mr. and 
Mrs. Rudolph Moomaw of Timber- 
line, Virginia and George Logan 
Wenger II, son of Mr. and Mrs. 
George Logan Wenger of Linville, 
Virginia were united in Christian 
Marriage the evening of Thanksgiv- 
ing Day 1969, in the Bethlehem 
Brethren Church, Harrisonburg, Vir- 
ginia. Pastor of the church, John F. 
Locks used the double ring service. 
Rev. John F. Locke 

PRATT-ERTEL. On Saturday, 
February 21, 1970, Miss Sanda Pratt 
became the bride of Mr. Nickolas 
Ertel, both of the St. Petersburg 
area although Mr. Ertel is stationed 
in Virginia with the Navy at this 
time. Miss Pratt, a member of the 
church, is the daughter of Mr. and 
Mrs. Willis Pratt, formerly of Akron. 
Ohio. The ceremony was conducted 
in Bretliren House by the under- 

Rev. Phil Lersch 

Estep and Pedro Melendez were 
united in Holy Wedlock on Friday, 
March 20, 1970, at the First Breth- 

ren Church of Milford by the under- 
signed. Mrs. Melendez is a member 
of the church. The couple will reside 
at Kale Island, Syracuse, Indiana. 
Rev. Albert Curtright 

WEBER-BUSH. Miss Debbie Web- 
er of Goshen, Indiana, and Gary 
Bush of North Manchester, Indiana, 
were married in a quiet ceremony, 
Saturday, February 21, 1970, in the 
North Manchester First Brethren 
Church, by Rev. Woodrow A. Immel. 
They will reside off base near Fort 
Knox. Kentucky, until Gary is dis- 
charged from the service. 


Canton (Trinity), Oliio — 6 by bap- 
tism . . . Pittsburgli, Pennsylvania — 
13 by baptism . . . Dayton (Hillcrest), 
Ohio — 7 by baptism . . . Elkhart, 
Indiana — 4 by baptism, 3 by letter 
. . . Soiitli Bend (Ardmore), Indiana 
— S by baptism, 1 by letter . . .Jolins- 
town (II), Penn,sylvania — 4 by 
letter, 1 by baptism. 


Wasliington, D.C. (EP) — "A re- 
vival can begin in your hearts to- 
day," evangelist Billy Graham told 
a small White House "congregation" 
which included President and Mrs. 

The occasion was the 20th relig- 
ious sei-vice to be held in the Execu- 
tive Mansion since Mr. Nixon be- 
came President. The first service, on 
January 26, 1969, was also the last 
time Mr. Graham had preached for 
the President and his guests at a 
Sunday service. But he also spoke 
at a Presidential Prayer Breakfast 
in the White House last Fall. 

During his sermon, Mr. Graham 

"I hope every one of you wUl 
come individually to that cross (of 
Christ) and receive forgiveness of 
your sins. . . ." Interspersed through- 
out his sermon, entitled "God's An- 
swer to Man's Dilemma," were such 
responses as "Amen" and "Yes, 
Lord" which came from members of 
a ten-man group of black Baptist 
clergymen, who met with the Presi- 
dent later that day (March 15). 

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The Brethren Evang:ei( 


,^^ - — 

I. Ben Wati, President of 
World Evangelical Fellowship 

'A dedicated miiioritij can make an 
impact on an entire nation' 

This rejjrint of Dr. Ben Wati's 
article is from the December 
li, 1969 issue of Christian 

"In India in November tlie country is 
celebrating the Gandhi Centenai-y Year ; and 
yet there is hardly any atmosphere of 
truth or non-violence on tlie scene." That 
was the sober obsei"vation of Dr. I. Ben Wati, 
president of World Evang-elical Fellowship, 
speaking in a WEF conference at Landour, 
India this year. "In the midst of India's 
colossal problems with a multi-religious 
and multi-lingual population which crosses 

the .533 million mark this yeai'," he said, 
"we evangelicals in India seek to bring 
hope, love and faith." 

Dr. Wati pointed out that, "1969, the yea: 
of the moon, could be a significant 
watershed in the history of the church in 
India. Forty years of negotiation for 
church union is coming to an end and 1970 
will see the inauguration of the church of 
North India. This will release, we hope, all 
the resources within the church for an 
evangelistic movement in North India. 
The All-India Congress on Evangelism, 
scheduled for January 4-8, 1970, sponsored 
by the Evangelical Fellowship of India, will 
give an intensive thrust, we hope, towards 
India's conversion bv A.D. 2000. 

ay 9, 1970 

Page Thirteen 

People receiving supplies of water 

"Historically," Dr. Wati said, "it was 
ring 40 yeai's of wandering and 
mdering, that the church lost its initiative 
evangelism. Ecumenism has occupied such 
top priority for so long that some 
/men are asking, 'Is there any evangelism 
India today?' This is a relevant question 
d needs an answer." 
In answer to his own question Dr. Wati 
!clai-ed : "The chureh has lost her concern 
|r her primary task. Deeply preoccujiied 
1th aid, structure and development, 
me church leaders ha\'e gone to the 
Itent of saying that what the church needs 
jnot 'revival' but 'renewal' through 
cially oriented church activities. In 
edding teai's for the physically hungiy, 
'e church has failed to shed tears for the 
iiritually hungry. 

"Even some theological colleges have 
come incubators of doubters rather than 
oducers of flaming evangelists and 
nisters of the Gospel. It is no secret that 
the last few yeai-s one Protestant 
'eological teacher was converted to Roman 
J.tholicism and that two others in two 
tstanding theological colleges lia\'e gone 
the point of renouncing their Christian 
th. This has left sensitive church leaders 
lindering how l^est to recover the 
•tinctive in Christianity and witness to its 
lidity for India today." 
Analyzing the Christian histoiy of 
ilia. Dr. Wati stated, "It is genei-ally 

recognized that evangelism came to India in 
three waves: Apostolic, Catholic, and 
Protestant. JMost present missionaries (both 
foreign and national) l)elong to another 
category, which could be called the post-wai' 
or post-independence wave of evangelism. 

"Immediately following World Wai- II 
there was an unusual interest in missions 
in the West. New missions appeared on the 
Indian scene with diverse t\q3es of 
evangelism. E\-angelist Billy Graham's visit 
to India early in 19-56 helped the church 
to take more interest in her outreach. Now 
foreign missionary force in India is at an 
all-time low, steadly diminishing. In 19-54 
there were 5,783 non-Commonwealth 
missionaries. By this summer the figure had 
dropped to 2,624. This numlier is really 
small for India as compared with Taiwan 
which has more than 850 foreign 
missionaries in a population of 13 million." 

Dr. Wati noted one optimistic trend. 
"Though the foreign missionaiy force has 
l)een dwindling through the years," he said, 
"the methods and techniques of evangelism 
in India have been on the upwai'd trend. 
The ]30st-independence missionary 
organizations in India pioneered in radio 
evangelism, literature evangelism, student 
e\'angelism, and so on. The traditional method 
of saying 'Come to church' has become 
obsolete: we must go where the people 
are — in their homes, in their places of work 
and recreation, and in the streets. 

Indians at a mission center 
receiving assistance 




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The Brethren Evangei 

"Among- the many ways of reaching people 
where they are, one type of evang-elism needs 
special attention in India. I refer to 
urban and industrial evangelism. 

"Dr. Akira Haitori of Japan said: 'I am 
not myself a fisheiTnan, but I have a good 
friend who is a vei'y skillful fisheraian. He 
once preached to me a three-point semion. 
'If you want to catch many fish,' he said, 
'you must meet the following conditions. 
First, you must go where the most fish ai'e ; 
second, yO'U must choose a good time; third, 
you must use skill. But most important of 
all is to choose the place where the most 
fish are.' 

"The great cities of the world are the 
number one ]:)laces of evangelism for 
our generation. With rapid urbanization and 
industrialization in a developing country 
like India, this aspect of evangelism has to 
be taken more seriously. By A.D. 2000 
India will have about 20 cities with 20 
million in each. 

"Cities are where the action is. They are 
the centers of power and decision-making 
which need to be influenced." 

Dr. Wati declared, "It is time to confront 
the educated leaders and men of influence 
in government, politics, business and 
the armed forces. If we saturate the large 
cities with the Gospel, we can extend 
the impact to the rest of the nation. 

"As we face the seventies, and as we see 
the church in India today, the one strategy 
I would like to see adopted on a wide scale 
is evangelism-in-depth. This would awaken 
numerous churches and individual believers 
to a new spiritual vision and dynamic. 
It would be a training program of great 
value to the churches and believers — a 
training in evangeilism by clergy and laity, 
by old and young alike. It would spark a 
chain prayer movement, maintaining the 
zeal and dynamics of the church at lai'ge." 

Commenting on various "waves" of 
Indian evangelism. Dr. Wati prophesied, 
"The different waves of evangelism which 
came to India — Apostolic, Catholic, 
Protestant — have established the church in 
India with all her limitations. The next wave 
of evangelism may well be through 'cells,' 
Bereft of the foreign missionaiy, foi-eign 
finance, bereft of government protection 
and of constitutional rights to propagate 

religion, and bereft of several other things, 
the church in India in the future may be 
compelled to have its wave of national and 
indigenous evangelism mostly through such 

"David Adeney in his booklet on the 
strategy of cell groups says 'If a hostile 
government should curtail the main services 
of the church, the cell groups will continue 
an unstructured witness.' 

"Meanwhile, when the doors ai-e open, we 
must unitedly go foi"wai-d in evangelism 
today — for tomoiTow may not come. The 
present government will one day change, 
even the constitution may change, and the 
post-independence phase of missionary 
endeavor may be over. At all costs, we 
must maintain a 'Christian presence' in a 
hostile world," Dr. Wati concluded. 

Reprinted with peiTnission from 
Christian Times, copyi"ight 
1969 by Hai"vest Publications, 
Chicago, Illinois 60626 

Note: It was my privilege to meet Dr. Wati 
Calcutta during my recent visit to Int 
His wise counsel and suggestions were 
valuable as Kumai' and I set ourselves 
the task of planning for our new missior 
that great land. His insights into the spi 
ual needs of his counti-ymen, from a S( 
evangelical point of view, provided direct 
for the legal constniction so as to allow 
a flexible program of evangelism under ■ 
leadership of Rev. Kumai'. We ai'e indeb 
to Dr. Wati for his helpfulness in the est 
lishment of the Brethren Bible Mis.sion, 

M. Virgil Ingraham 


We had previously published birthdays of all 
sionaries, and thought you might now be intereste<( 
those of the India missionaries. 

K. Prasantha Kumar April 27 

Nirmala February 13 

Shanthi Shalini April 10, 1969 

ly 9, 1970 

Page Fifteen 

Progress — Praise To Our God! 

-HE CENTRAL DISTRICT has talked about a Mis- 
sion Church for at least 40 years, but never was it 
i)re than talk until 1966 when the District selected 
dar Falls as the site to establish a new work and 
rchased four acres at $14,000 in southeast Cedar 
lis. In December of 1966 Rev. Gene HoUinger was 
ritacted, in January 1967 he met with the Board, and 
-QUgh the call and plan of God, Rev. Hollinger and 

family came to begin his pastorate in late May 1967. 

the meantime the Board decided to build a $20,000 

rsonage on the property. It had a room 1 18' ,\ 30' I 

begin holding services. There has been a $2,000 addi- 

n to the parsonage for classroom .space in 1968. 

,Ve believe the Cedar Falls work is moving. Our Dis 

ct has come alive! April 18, 1970 (as pictured) we 

re able to burn the notes, signifying the payment of 

? land and the parsonage debt in full. Five churches 

jve accomplished this unbelievable record. It took 

operation and dedication! Some help was received 

!im the National Missionary Board, a Ten Dollar Club 

11, and a $10 per member apportionment for the mis- 

n work in the district. It took four years to have our 

id and parsonage debt free (ca. $35,000, not including 

erest). What a people! What a vision! What a won- 

-ful God! 

The Cedar Falls First Brethren Church now has an 
^rage attendance of about 25. They need a worship 
it. The plans are ready. The price is right. The Cen- 
1 District people have pledged support for 10 years 
$10 per member, if need be, to provide the first unit 
i' education and worship. Pray for our pastor and for 

Cedar Falls venture of faith and vision. 

Rev. Paul D. Steiner, Chairman 
Central District Mission Board 


A gift was given to Argentina for New 
Testaments in loving memory of Mrs. Ne\-a 
Finley by lier friends in the Woman's Mis- 
sionary Society, Love Circle of the Louisville 

A gift was given toward the recent pur- 
chase of a bus for Lost Creek by Reverend 
Ronald B. Ritchey in loving memory of his 

The yearly memorial for Mr. and Mrs. John 
A. Rishel was received from Mrs. Rishel's 
isister, Mrs. Mary E. Ringler. 

Rev. Paul Steiner, Rev. Gene Hollinger 
Rev. Virgil Ingraham 


Do not expect a thousand-dollar 
answer to a ten-cent prayer. 

The following ad appeared in a 
newspaper of a large metiopolis: 
"For sale. Complete set of encyclo- 
pedias. Never Used. Wife knows 

Much more painful than acting like 
a fool is suddenly to reedize that 

you were not acting. 

* * * 

People pay very little attention to 
what you say about your religion — 
they're busy watching what you do 
about it. 

* * ^; 

It's called "take-home-pay because 
after the taxes and deductions, you 
can't afford to go anywhere else 
with it. 

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DEDICATION DAY for the new First Brethren 
Church of Bryan, Ohio will be April 26. This will 
also be the day we will dedicate our new parsonage. 

Rev. Dodds and his family moved into the new pai-- 
sonage on June 4, 1969. The parsonage is located just 
east of the new church building at the junction of 
County Road C and 13. It is a two-story house with the 
living room, kitchen, dining room, family room and one 
complete bath on the lower level. On the upper level 
there are four bedrooms and two baths, the master 
bedroom having a connecting bath. The house has a 
two-car, attached garage and a patio in the back. 

We are very grateful to our parsonage building com- 
mittee, William Stombaugh, Louis Bishop, Lenore Mans- 
field and Ann Moog for all of the time and work put in 
on this project. 

The parsonage was completed in just a ffw months. 
The completion of the new church building has been 
slower than we anticipated, but it is now nearly com- 
pleted. We are all looking forward to Dedication Day. 

Our last service in the old church was on July 20, 
1969. We moved into the lower level of the new church 
building during the week, with the help of many of the 
congregation. Our first morning worship service in the 
new building was the following Sunday, July 27. Ser- 
vices were held in the lower level of the church until 
the sanctuary was completed upstairs. The co-operation 
of the Sunday School teachers and the entire congrega- 
tion during this inconvenient time was very much 

On Januarj' 4, 1970, we had our first service (evening) 
in the sanctuary. This was a baptismal service in which 
four were baptized and welcomed into membership in 
the church. Others are now awaiting baptism. 

The following Sunday, January 11, we were very 
happy to have our morning worship in the beautiful 
new sanctuary. 

It is our prayer that we will now be able to reach 
more people and bring them into fellowship with us 
as we worship God and study His Word in the beautiful 
church building He has provided for us. 

In March nine members of the church took a two- 
week tour of the Holy Land. Those who went reported 
a very fine trip and were thrilled with seeing the places 
where Christ walked. Those making the trip were Rev. 
and Mrs. M. W. Dodds, Mr. and Mrs. William Musser, 
Mr. and Mrs. William Pcltcs, Mrs. Grace Kleinhen, Mrs. 
Arvilla Morton and Mr. Keith Morton. We are sure the 
rest of the membership will profit from their trip also. 
Our prayers went with them, and we are very glad to 
have them all back with us. 

Rev. Dodds underwent major surgery a few days 
after their return from the Holy Land. He is now re- 
covering at home, and we are looking forward to his 
return to the pulpit. 

We will be having revival services April 13-19, with 
Rev. W. E. Thomas as evangelist. 

Corresponding Secretary, 
Marcia Sander 



A mother is a person, who, seeing 
there are only four pieces of pie for 
five people, promptly announces she 
never did care for pie. 

Mother — that was the bank where 
we deposited all our hurts and 

T. DeWitt Talmadge 

Woman in the home has not yet lost 
her dignity, in spite of Mother's Day, 
with its offensive impUcation that 
our love needs an annual nudging. 
John Erskine 

ky 9, 1970 

Page Seventeen 

ymen president communications 


Y WAY of experiment, an educator once hired a 
man and gave liim a job striliing a log with tlie 
;k of an axe. Before noon tlie man came in and gave 
tlie work. He said fie could not work at that sort of 
any longer because he could not see any chips fly. 
other words, he could not see any progress or visible 
ults. Few of us can keep our morale very long in 
rking at a job that produces no evidence of accomp- 
iment. We laj'men possibly see the meaning of a 
/s' Brotherhood, but we will seldom if ever see any 
igress or visible results until an application of self 
; been unselfishly inserted. 

Soys today are in a similar plight as the man in the 
ry. Their bodies and minds are developing capabili- 
i for undertaking important and meaningful work in 
. In school they are learning skills and obtaining 
)wledge to help them in their quest for maturity, 
ivever, as far as their personal intent of purpose is 
cerned, there seems to be something lacking, 
'here are agencies as Y.M.C.A. that are trying to 
p young boys gain a sense of perspective and a 
3ction for living. Guidance counselors do many 
igs to help youth understand the possibilities of 
jious trades and professions. 

'he church has an opportunity to lead eager boys 

) a sense of dedication to God and service for God. 

too often the Church is not doing its task properly. 

'y not? Is it because we are inclined to take for 

jnted that the young person who attends the Worship 

'I vice and sits in a Sunday School Class already had 

1 abiding purpose in life? Do we feel that a spirit of 

jication will "rub off" on them without a conscious, 

'i cerned, concentrated effort on our part. This is 

gerous thinking on our part, and a risky path to 

lid in our complacent and apathetic manner. 

oyalty to Jesus Christ and a hearty desire to do His 

is a healthy motivation for our life. Boys are ready 

eager to be doing something constructive in this 

■Id, a world which definitely needs Christian leader- 

ship. It's high time the laymen of the Church awaken 
to the challenge of this opportunity. It's time for Chris- 
tian laymen to impart to the boys a definite and posi- 
tive sense of direction It's of prime importance to do 
this in the formative years of youth. 

When laymen realize that the Church is a place for 
the "pastor and laity" to work and plan according to 
"the leading of the Holy Spirit" things begin to pro- 
gress. More laymen aie realizing that they have an im- 
portant place to fill in the over-all mission and program 
of the Church. Therefore it is time we are assuming a 
greater amount of responsibility in carrying out this 

One phase of this task is Boys' Brotherhood organi- 
zations, and it's a definite responsibility of laymen to 
assume this sponsorship. Every Brethren Church that 
has a pastor has many laymen, and yet if it wasn't for 
the zeal and concern of the pastor, many of our Boys' 
Brotherhood organizations would be without a sponsor. 
This is commendable for our "pastors," but deplorable 
for our "laymen." 

Why are so many young boys dropping out of Sun- 
day school and church after graduation? Why do we 
find it so difficult to get these boys to be active in a 
laymen's group? Is it because "we laymen" do not show 
interest in them until that time? If we want a "feeder 
group of young men" to become members of a Laymen 
organization, then we had better train and instruct tltem 
in this phase of service while they are in their forma- 
tive stages of spiritual development. This is a respon- 
sibility that some laymen have shirked, shunned, and 
neglected. Christian maturity requires time and effort, 
it's necessary and essential, and of great value to all. 
The apparent neglect of this is showing in our churches 
and Christian activities today. 

It's time we revitalize our thinking, regenerate our 
being, and reaffirm our faith. It's time to assume our 
loving responsibility to boys that they may see our 
witnessing in our actions and daily behavior. The re- 

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suits of our lukevvarmness, our unconcern, and our 
apathy are very evident in tiie lack of young men be- 
coming ministers and Christian leaders. 

A small boy was given a dollar by his father to go 
to the circus. He arrived in town just as the parade was 
passing. He stood enthralled watching the animals, 
horseback riders, and other performers pass by. At 
length a clown stopped directly in front of the wide- 
eyed boy, and made a low sweeping bow. Mistaking the 
purpose of the gesture, the lad dropped his dollar in 
the extended hat. When the parade had passed, the boy 
went home, not realizing that he had not seen the main 
performance at all. 

Many laymen see in the Church only a parade of 
meetings and activities, and not the "real performance 
of God inspiring and leading men" into a definite pur- 
pose of guiding boys through trials, temptations, and 
pitfalls of daily living. Boys need action, love, and 
guidance in their planned activities. How many "Chris- 
tian boys" go to Florida over Easter week-end? How 
many "born-again believers" are helping stage the 
demonstrations and riots that are occurring today? 
Why is all this unrest evident today? This energy needs 
to be harnessed for the work of the Kingdom of God, 
that His plan can become a reality in our young people. 

How many of us deny little league baseball and 
other sports activities for our boys? How many times 
have we taken our boys and girls to doctors for treat- 
ment when needed? Do we refuse to buy shoes, boots, 
and clothing to keep them warm and dry? We purchase 
books, pencils, and school supplies as they are needed. 
In dozens of other ways we take care of their physical 
needs. Where and when are we going to assume the 
spiritual needs that arc their heritage? Dare we neglect 
this any longer? 

"Oh, Johnny, I don't have time to start and meet with 
a boys' organization. I'm too busy now, or I'm not a 
leader. It isn't my duty, let someone else be respon- 
sible." These and many other excuses have been ex- 
tended. I wonder what goes through our boys' minds 
when they see that we don't care enough to spend one 
or two nights a month with them. How much love do 
we display when we refuse this request? Eventually 
these boys will evaluate our excuses and arrive at the 
conclusion that they are being put off or ignored. They 
need our time and efforts in their behalf. 

Men, have we stopped lately to realize how much 
time boys are in the presence of women? For instance; 
mothers at home, den mothers in Cub Scouts, Sunday 
school and school teachers, 4H Club leaders, and other 
areas. God will continue to bless and guide these dedi- 
cated Christian wives and mothers because they have 
a monumental task. Have we laymen been too lax too 
long? Men, let's be thankful that our sons can be under 
the influence of Christian women, but let's also be con- 
cerned to see that we — not only take our rightful place 
in teaching and training of boys— but also see that our 
boys are not under the control and authority of non- 
Christian men and women. Let's quit taking the eas> 
way out, and buckle down to the assignment that is 
ours to oversee. 

Does it surprise you when your sons want to go 
fishing with you. play ball, take hikes, explore caves, 
climb trees, scale bridges, handle worms, snakes, and 
frogs? Do you realize that they want you to go swim- 

ming so they can display their dives, strokes, ij 
strength? They seek your approval and your pral 
How many times have you heard boys say gleefij 
"My dad and I went to a big league ball game '. 
night?" Or "Dad and I were at a Father and Son EJ 
quet and we really had fun." We can see that a i 
needs his father and other men to spend time vl 
him. After seeing and admitting this, then we she 
realize that this is another reason why a Boys' BrotI 
hood meeting is needed. The enjoyment you'll h 
watching lads (or taking part) as they jump ditcl 
swing on grapevines, and skip rocks on the Wij 
might be a surprising revelation to you. j 

Where are we placing our emphasis concerning j 
daily living? Where is our love, concern, and time be 
tunneled? Where are our talents (dormant in st 
cases) being channeled? Let's meet the challenge hi 
on relating to the needs of today's youth. The pas 
already determined, but what we're doing in this— 
present time — has a bearing upon where we're gc 
to spend eternity. The choice is ours, but choose 
must. Men, let's do all that is possible today to gn 
our loved ones into the will of God. In order to do ' 
we must put ourselves into that relationship first. '^1 
can be a reality by using the JOY method of J«l 
first. Others second, and Yourself last. 

Daniel Webster said, "That if we work upon mar 

it will perish. If we work upon brass, time will effacj 

If we rear temples, they will crumble into dust; bul 

we work upon the immortal minds of children, if; 

imbue them with principles, teach them the just fea; 

God and love of our fellowmen, we engrave on tli: 

tables something which will brighten all eternity." j 

God cares for boys and loves boys, do we care 1 

love enough to give part of ourselves to their needs j 

we can and don't what will we use for an excuse? J 

This poem, taken from "In Orbit," carries a mess'l 

that we should read and heed. .' 

"The Teacher's Task" j 

Whatever you write in the heart of a child, '' 

No water can wash it away. 'i 

The sands may be shifted when billows are wjl 

And the efforts of time may decay. I 

Some stories may perish, some songs are forgi 

But this Holy Record, time changes it not. 

Whatever you write on the heart of a child, 

A story of gladness or care 

That Heaven has blessed, or that earth has def' 

Will linger unchangeably there. 

Who writes it has sealed it forever and aye, 

He must answer to God on the great judgm 


There is no valid reason why the words of The K 
Lord, "Go ye therefore into all the world," may nq 
taken intensively as well as extensively. Oftentime: 
have interpreted this proclamation to be a geograp! 
term, but there is a deeper significance. It could r'l 
all phases of life, (economic, political, cultural, do " 
tic etc.) but it definitely refers to the spiritual lUio 
man's hearing, understanding, and accepting of C|l' 
Word, God's Son, and God's way of life. Then it reqi]e 
obedience to and penetration of God's Holy Writ. ' |J 
preparing our bodies to be a dwelling place of ( 'I' 
Holy Spirit. 

Boys' Brotherhood is a definite phase of this I' 
mand, "Go Ye." This means us, you and I. In nearl jlj 

V 9, 1970 

Page Nineteen 

lamunities there are hundreds of people who are sin- 
lely eager to do something to help produce a better 
;rld, but they do not know what to do or how to 
omplish it. All of the problems seem so large that 
' efforts appear futile, and therefore nothing is 

iJod is the Pitcher, (the well that never runs dry) the 
ing water is Jesus, the Holy Spirit is being poured 

to all who accept, believe, commit, confess, and 
!ow divine teachings. Perhaps we need to be used as 

handle of this pitcher as a dedication of our Chris- 
1 faith. 

The blessings of life are so numerous that we should 
continue to thank the Lord for His understanding and 
His provisions for boys and their leaders. 

We realize and acknowledge the fact that not all men 
should be Boys' Brotherhood sponsors. Those who can 
be and should be are urged to prayerfully consider 
this challengmg question. 

Are you interested enough in boys to serve cis spon- 
sors of their organization, or other areas in which they 
need you? 

Let us pray for God's guidance in our lives for the 
use of our time and talents. 

ates' bait box — 



Be sure to read the following article; 
it was meant for you. 

IRLS, we have come to the time of year that you 

i become extra important to us and the Sisterhood 

k. Yes, this is the time when we need your help. We 

asking for your co-operation in each of the follow- 

matters; it is very important that each of you make 

3 that everything is done in your society so that you 

receive the recognition that you deserve. Thanks! 

lirst we have the matter of Thank Offerings. Have 

n of your members been contributing to this very 

ijOrtant offering? They are due by July 15 so make 

)te of the date and make sure that it is sent in plenty 

ime to the correct person. (This is to be sent to the 

incial Secretary Donna Miller, 1946 Edmar Street, 

isville, Ohio 44641.1 

tien there is the matter of the Statistical Report 
I is also due July 15; this goes to the District Secre- 
'. In case you do not know who yours might be, I 
\i decided to list their names and addresses also. 
Pennsylvania — Barb Friend, Route 1, Marianna, 

Pennsylvania 15345 
Ohio— Sue Stoffer, .332 47th Street NW., Canton, 

Ohio 44709 
Indiana — Diane Miller, Route 5, Box 20. Peru, 
Indiana 46970 

Mid-West — Carlo Klopfenstein. 104 Filmore, Mul- 

vane, Kansas 67110 
Southeast — Linda Humelsine, Avon Road, Hagers- 

town, Maryland 21740 

For those who are not organized as a district, just 
send yours to me. Now at this writing, we of the board 
are not quite sure how these reports will be sent to .you, 
but they will either arrive via mail or The Brethren 
Evangpelist. iThis year we want to honor the top society 
and also the other 9 highest: therefore be sure to follow 
the directions — and also get them in on time.) 

One other item — the Sisterhood Scholarship — ^which is 
available to any of you girls who are planning to enter 
Ashland College next fall. We have no way of knowing 
if you need it or if you would like to apply for it, unless 
you write to me for the necessarj' forms. It isn't too 
early to do this. (This is a competive "thing," so the 
sooner you can get the forms, the better!) 

Before I close for this month, I want to say "con- 
gratulations" to our Literary Secretary, Jean McPherson 
who we hear has become the wife of John! Best Wishes 
and God's blessing to both of you in your life together! 

Good luck to all of you, and may you continue to 
grow in your life with God. 


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Let Go 

and Let God 

Signs In The Last Days 


"I know thy works, that thou 
art neither cold nor hot : I would tl: 
wert cold or hot. So then because 
thou aii; lukewami, and neither co| 
nor hot, I will spue thee out of 
my mouth. Because thou sayest, li 
rich, and increased with goods, aiu 
have need of nothing; and know^ 
not that thou art wretched, and | 
miserable, and poor, and blind, am 
naked: I counsel thee to buy of m 
gold tried in the fire, that thou 
mayest be rich ; and white raimeni 
that thou mayest be clothed, and t 
the shame of thy nakedness do n<i 
appear; and anoint thine eyes wit 
eyesalve that thou mayest see" 
(Rev. 3:15-18). 

1:19—3:19 that John was 
commanded by Jesus to write to seven 
churches. These ai"e prophetic 
churches. That means they actually 
existed during the time in which 
John wrote, but also, they describe 
the condition of the church (its 
people) during the different periods 
of church history prior to the rapture. 

Jesus said it is not for us to 
know the times, the seasons or the 
dates, but we do know that the 
Bible mentions from Genesis to 
Revelations an "X" point in time 
called "the last days — the latter 
times!" Today it is universally held 
both by scholars and children tliat 
we are in the last days. Thus putting 
us in the description of the prophetic 
church period. The last church is 
Laodicea. Its description is found in 
the opening text. 

Of the seven prophetic churclies, 
Laodicea is the only church of which 
Jesus had nothing good to say. 
Histoiy reveals that Laodicea was 
one of the wealthiest cities in the 
world. It was a clothing center. They 
were famous for their mass-produced 
cheap ganuents. Laodicea was a 
medical center. It had one of the 

world's few medical schools. Some of 
its doctors were so famous that 
their names appear on the coins of 
Laodicea. The medical school was 
famous throughout the world for its 
salve ointments for the eyes. 

The church at Laodicea was filled 
with riches, pride, independence, 
self-sufficiency, and the one 
impossible attitude toward 
Christianity — neutraUty! It is 
obvious that the church at Laodicea 
was not on fire for Jesus Christ. 
Jesus described the people as poor, 
naked, blind and lukewarm! 

This is where you and I come in. 
Jesus declared that the characteristics 
of the Laodicea church would be 
manifested in the last days — right 
no)v! In other words, every feature, 
every identifying mark, every 
characteristic of the Laodicean church 
is to happen today! 

Jesus said that today's church 
would be lukewarm. Jesus said the 
people in the church of the last days 
will love their money more than 
God. He said they will take pride in 
their material goods. Jesus said that 
these churcli members will have need 
of no one and no thing! This is the 
only prophetic church where the 

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)ple say: We don't need Jesus in 
I' daily lives! 

The tragedy at Laodicea was not its 
alth but rather its blindness 
its poverty. They were monetarily 
h but they were also spiritually 
k. Today, by human standards, 
> world has never know or 
Derienced such material 
.mdances. The world has never 
jn so prosperous. Spiritually 
making-, however, the world has 
|/er been so libei'ally neutral, 
ithy stiiick, lukewai-m or 
UTiefully naked. 

i'aul writes in II Timothy 3:1-7 
the general character of the 
)ple in the "last days." Paul, 
■ough the inspiration of the Holy 
rit, describes what the people of 

world as a whole will be like 
■ing the last days. The character 
the people today, according to 
il, is a shocking but realistic truth, 
il writes, "In the last days, 
ilous times shall come." I make 
3 in reference to the church. In 

last days, perilous times shall 
16 to the church ! In the last days 
ilous times shall come to the Body 
Christ. In the last days, men, 
men, boys and gii'ls will be 
ewami! Beloved, it's a perilous 
lie when people are lukewarm. 
po you know how Paul describes 
'ple that are lukewai*m ? He says 

t the lukewaiTn people (vs. 4-5) 
I be " . . . lovers of pleasure more 

n lovers of God." These people 
j- not deny God, but they will deny 
fVs power for daily living ! That's 
-')dicea — that's today! God has lost 
1 deity, God has lost His power, 
I God has lost His relevance in 
r ly a church members life. 
Ill II Peter 3:3 we find Peter 
t 'ussing the attitudes of the people 
>| ire the coming of Jesus Christ at 
I Rapture. Verse 3 reads, 
1 lowing this first, that there shall 
« e in the last days scoffers, 
i^^irxg after their own lusts." There 
^\ be "scoffers" in the last days. 
* pie will say: "There is no God. 

God is dead. He is not coming 
back. We will not be judged. We 
took a trip in space; we never found 
God or any angels. We didn't find 
God on the Apollo 1.'5 space trip, 
but the nation prayed as though there 
was a God and that He had the power 
to bring these men back safely. 
I wonder if the nation will be asked 
to pray for future space flights or 
will we be called upon only in 
emergencies ? 

Paul writes, "... the time will 
come when they will not endure 
sound doctrine ; but after their own 
lusts shall they heap to themselves 
teachers having itcliing ears . . . they 
shall turn away their eai's from the 
truth, and shall be turned unto 
fables" (II Tim. 4:3-4). 

Jude said that in the last days 
there would be "mockers" walking 
after their own ungodly lusts. 

Have you ever wondered why 
there will be more scoffers, mockers, 
disbelief, and lukewarmness in- the 
last days than any other period ? 
Jesus, Paul, Peter, and Jude all 
gave the same reason for the 
situation. People during the last 
days, more than any other time, will 
"walk after their own lusts!" They 
will walk after their own desires ! 
They won't want Jesus to come 
back! They will want to worship 
God and believe in God the way 
they want but not the way God 
demands! Cain tried the same thing. 
The Bible says Cain's results were 
eternal separation from God. 
Apostacy began in Genesis before 
the flood and that's important 
because Jesus said in Matthew 24:37, 
"But as the days of Noah were, so 
shall also the coming of the Son of 
man be." When the conditions of 
Noah's day before the flood are 
repeated, Jesus Christ is coming- 

Genesis 4, .5, 6 and Matthew 
24:36-39 give a good account of 
what the days before the flood were 
like. When these events are repeated 
in history, the end is neai'! Jesus 

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Christ will then come back for His 
Church. What was it like in Noah's 
day? Travel was one of the first 
chai"act eristics of Noah's days. 
People were on the move. They were 
going places. They were doing things. 
Daniel 12:4 says that "in the end 
time many sliall run to and fro." 
I've never seen so many peoj^le 
in such a hurry to be everywhere, to 
do everything, and to see everything 
— except worship God! In the last .50 
year's man has raced his way from 
cars to planes to jets to rockets, and 
man still isn't going fast enough or 
fai" enough. It's a sign of Noah's 

Knowledge was another sign. Men 
were experimenting with minerals, 
and technology reached an untold 
peak in Noah's day. They were 
experiencing an industrial revolution. 
The Bible says knowledge shall 
increase in the last days (Dan. 
12:4). Today our knowledge doubles 
every 10 years. Seventy-five percent 
of the scientists that have ever lived 
are alive today. We have computors 
that can handle 55 billion transactions 
in one second. We have developed a 
lazer beam that could revolutionize 
the world of technology. There was 
little desire for spiritual knowledge 
in Noah's day but eveiyone was 
increasing in knowledge. Paul 
said in the last days men will be 
ever learning, but never able to come 
to the knowledge of truth (II Tim. 
3:7). Knowledge — technology — it's a 
sign of Noah's day! 

There was an abnormal emphasis 
on the stomach and sex in Noah's 
day. The Bible says their life 
revolved around ealting, drinking, 
mari-ying and giving in maiTiage. 
They loved pleasures more than they 
loved God. As it was in the days of 
Noah, so shall it be before the 

Genesis 1 — God put man in the 
garden. Genesis 3 — God commanded 
man to till the ground. By Noah's 
day people were building great cities. 
People were moving to the cities 

to work and live. Seventy-five years 
ago 85 percent of our country lived 
in the rural ai-eas. Today, 75 percent 
of our people live in the cities. 

Moses writes that they built cities 
and they were filled with violence. 
There was rebellion against authority, 
tliere was lawlessness, perils, 
fightings and destruction, so great 
that God had to intervene. And God 
came with judgment! It happened 
once in history and it Avill happen 
again ! "As in the days of Noah were, 
so shall the coming of the Son of 
man be." 

Taking one last look at the church 
at Laodicea (Rev. 3:20-22) Jesus 
said, "Behold, I stand at the door 
and knock : if any man hear my voice, 
and open the door, I will come in to 
him, and will sup with him, and he 
with me." Jesus wants to come in. 
In the context of which this is 
written, Jesus wants back into the 
church. He has been pushed out of 
His own sanctuary. He is no longer 
in many pulpits. Christ has been 
replaced with the "Social Gospel," 
"Situation Ethics," and pure moral 

Verse 22 says, "He that hath an 
ear, let him hear what the Spirit 
saith unto the churches." You have 
read the Bibles' comments on the 
last days. It is easy to read an 
article like this and apply it to 
everyone but ourselves. Jesus said the 
Spirit bears witness that every man, 
women, boy and girl in this world, 
you, will be affected by the events 
of the last days. 

How can we cope and battle such 
problems ? I think our solution is to 
take two days out of every week and 
forget them. There are two days in 
every week that we need to stop 
woriying about or being overly 
concerned about. 

The first day is yesterday, with all 
its mistakes and cares, its aches and 
pains, its faults and blunders. 
Yesterday has passed beyond our 
cohtrol. All the money in the world 
could never bring it back. We 

ly 9, 1970 

Page T\venty-three 

[nnot undo a single act or erase a 
[igle word. Yesterday is gone. 
The other day is tomorrow. We 
ed to stop being so concerned about 
e future with all its burdens and 
ys. We have no stake in tomorrow 
til it comes. 

That only leaves one day — today I 
lere isn't a Christian that can't 
j-ht and conquer the battles of 
st one day! It's when we begin 
ding the burdens of those two 
dul eternities — yesterday and 

tomorrow that we are liable to fail in 
seeing the light. 

Many people know what the world 
has done in yesterdays and therefore 
know what it should do in the future, 
but history proves that man has only 
failed in living today! Today is the 
day of salvation. Today is the time to 
get Jesus back in the home, 
community and church, but we must 
first put Him on the throne of 
our lives I Today is the day to Let Go 
and Let God! 


si MY PAST OCCUPATION of transport driver 
for a major oil company, I knew many drivers 
10 seemed to have a language of their own. If 
e were to ask, "How many horses do you have 
ider there?" he would be inquiring about the 
■rsepower of the power plant under the hood. I 
not know the horsepower rating of a tyiDewriter 
newspaper press, but it is quite a contrast to 
at of a large diesel track. 

I am also reminded of the cliche' ''changing 
rses in the middle of the stream," and in this 
Ktance it is a reality. And with the change that I 
ive undertaken, I am fully aware that getting 
jhind the wheel of the editor's desk has just as 
any if not more responsibilities as travelling 
wn a busy highway. 

Having spent the month of April in a period of 
iloctrination in the mechanics of editing and 
l-blishing, I would like to take this opportunity to 
:press my deepest appreciation to Re\'. Spencer 
trntle for his patience and willingness to extend 
li me the benefits of his past expeiience as editor. 
Ijilso wish to thank the editorial staff, the men 
i the press room, the Bookstore personnel, and 
l:e members of the various boards which make up 
l|s denominational headquai'ters complex. Their 
Ural support and advice in this "thumb-sucking" 
■\ige is vital. 

. One does not fully realize the importance or the 
I'-ny responsibilities of being in the editor's chair 
I til he sits in it for the first time. 

As so frequently in similar instances, the weaith- 
er bureau predicts some storms ahead, and al- 
though a few dai-k clouds have been visible on the 
distant horizon, and a few flashes of lightning ob- 
sen'ed along with the faint sound of accompaiiing 
thunder, it is hoped that the shelter of construc- 
tive critiques will provide protection from the hail- 
stones and torrential rains that characterize severe 

As we see vai'ious trends of nomial ways of liv- 
ing suddenly becoming revolutionized. I am more 
fully convinced that the "Brethren EvangeHst" 
and the other publications of The Brethren 
Church ai'e our only hope in helping jjreserve the 
heritage, the historical position, the Missionaiy 
outreach, the message of the Brethren Ministry, 
and the tenacious adhering to the Scriptural doc- 
trines which the church must get a death grip on 
and hold fast to. 

It is my sincerest desire and hope to fulfill the 
obligations which are imposed upon the position 
of Editor of Publications, and it is only with the 
divine guidance of God the Father, the continued 
help and co-operation of my co-workers, the solic- 
ited intercessoi-y prayers and support of the entire 
brotherhood that I can hope to accom)>lish this 
goal through the media of communication that 
has been entnisted to me. 


Page Twenty-four 

The Brethren Evange 


•"pHERE WAS A MAN who lived in the 20th century. 
1 His house was new, two cars and a boat graced 
his garage and carport; color television gleamed in his 
den; his family was abundantly provided for, and good 
fortune smiled upon him. 

As was his custom — when he was in town — when tlie 
fish were not biting — when he was not on the beach or 
at the lake — when company did not come — when lie 
could get up on time — when he was not too tired — and 
when he could not find anything else to do — he regu- 
larly went to cliurch. 

On these occasions, once every five or six weeks, he 
spent his time deploring the decaying state of the 
church: The Sunday school was low in attendance; the 
choir was scanty and not too well trained; the congre- 
gation was diminishing and seemed dejected; the offer- 
ings were far smaller than what was needed; the pastor 
was giving evidence of being disturbed and discouraged, 
and as for the Sunday evening and mid-week services, 
they were on their last legs. 

"They ought to do better," he said. "What do tl 
think this thing of religion is about, anyway? Sui 
they could do better than this." 

And so vacations and days off had come and g' 
until many moons had passed. As is the way of 
world, this man's children grew up. He knew they ' 
not go to church because tliey — down at the churci 
had failed to interest them in religion. 

The man's liealth failed. One day he noticed so 
thing strange: they, down at the church, came by 
more. Tliey did not visit him in the hospital, Etnd vei 
verily, he was angry. But being a great heart he deci 
to forgive them and go to church once more. Behj 
when he arrived there was no church, only a Spe< 
Foods Store. 

"Where is the church?" he demanded. "The churci 
dead" came the astonishing answer. 

"Oh," he moaned, "they should never have let it d 


I am the mouthpiece of the church. 1 was 
born in the deep need of the i-eform prin- 
ciples of the church. I have helped to make 
this church possible. I have held up the light 
of true relig'ion and true reform. As men 
floundered around in the slough of worldh' 
institutions which threatened to engulf them. 
I have shown the way out. 

I have been the solace of our people for 
these many decades. My help has never failed 
them, though without pastor or church organ- 
ization. I have made my biweekly visits to 
the home to comfort, bless, and cheer. I have 
helped the young and old, the sick and dis- 
tressed, and have cheered them in the fight 
for righteousness. 

I have stood by the institutions of our 
church. 1 have boosted at every point pos- 
sible and have pulled success out of failure 
many times. To me belongs the honoi' of the 
forward progress of every department of the 
denomination. Without me the church can 
do nothing. 

1 have wai-ned the church of false doctrii 
of evil ways, of loose, slipshod revival w( 
of things superficial in religion. I h 
championed the cause of truth in docti 
and have exposed the fallacies of the fals 
am indispensable. My light needs to sh 
more and more. 

As I have done in the past, so will I d( 
the future. My influence is ever growinj 
will live to bless your children and the ger 
ation yet unborn. 

I am the voice of the church. I knowlo 
death or decay, but come up with new f k i- 
ness every two weeks. I am the buildei 
moral reform, of orthodoxy and of exp 
ental religion. I stand by the Bible with 
fear or favor. 

I am tlie best friend your church, } 
home, or your country can boast of. 


I am your church paper. 

— Selected 

%y 9, 1970 

Page Twenty-five 


"HE TRAINING SCHOOL was in session seven 
nights, one night eacli week starting on January 
and ending on February 23, 1970. The scliool was 
ided into three districts: The Northern District and 
uthern District, with the Southern District dividing 
o two separate schools. 

Dr. Joseph R. Shultz, Dean of Ashland Seminary, 
is the opening speaker on Monday evening at Nappa- 
s and on Tuesday evening at the Peru cliurch. A 
od report has been given from all the classes con- 
'ning the subjects, the teachers and the fellowship. 
irthern District: 

Enrollment: Pupils 147 

Director and Teachers 8 

Average Attendance 
Certificates Awarded 

(for those who attended five 

or more sessions) 
Perfect Attendance 

(all sessions) 






Expenses: Speaker 
Material — stamps, phone 


Southern District: 

Two separate schools were held one at Roann and 

one at Kokomo, because of the long distance involved 

in travehng. 

At Roann: 

Five teachers and one director 

Average Attendance 48 

At Kokomo: 

Five teachers and one director 
Average Attendance 41 

Average Attendance both schools 89 

Offering, both schools $120.85 

Speaker and Materials $39.50 

Church Rental 50.00 

Total Expense 



tention: Pastors and Statisticians 

This year there is a new Statistical Blank! 

t has been called "Annual Brethren Stewardship 
port." The Central Council Statistical Study Com- 
ttee felt this was a better term since our attendance 
1 giving are a vital part of our Christian Stewardship. 
'. feel records have been neglected in the past and 
st we can move to correct this deficiency, 
ilany felt the Statistical Form was too complicated 
J contained much information which was never uti- 
!d. We hope the simplification of this year's form will 
courage all churches to complete it in full and return 
the Statistician as soon as possible. Note the dead- 
3 date of May 15 for return to the District Statis- 
an. This is necessary to allow proper recording and 
Peking at the district and national le\'el. We urge your 
'peration in this. Much time consuming work is in- 
ved in compiling and printing results, and if one 
ndred percent returns are not available the work is 
limited value. 

'o assure accuracy this report should be filled out 
j the pastor (who may be the best qualified record 
> per in the church), the financial secretary, treasurer. 
','- the church secretary or statistician. Reports should 
I compiled by all auxiliaries (W.M.S., Laymen, Youth, 
■terhood. Brotherhood, Signal Lights) and submitted 
use. If Sunday school classes are organized and 

give monies that are not chamieled through the church 
treasurer they should report them. Your report should 
include all giving as well as a breakdown of the areas 
of giving. 

Data can be collected in various ways. Some churches 
have put a note in the Sunday bulletin or Church News- 
letter asking during the year, the average attendance, 
offerings or earnings, amounts paid for dues, projects, 
missions, etc. Some have made out lists with the needed 
information and given one to each organization. Remind 
them the information is to include the period from 
AprU 1, 1969 to March 31, 1970. Whatever method 
facilitates prompt reporting and recording of your 
stewardship is recommended. One thing is needful — time 
for accurate reporting. The District Statisticians have 
the Stewardship Reports. It is hoped they have sent 
them to the individual churches by this time and you 
are working on them. If your church is without a pas- 
tor, and you are an active layman, be interested enough 
in this phase of the Lord's work to be sure someone is 
completing and returning this report. 

This is a new task for me. but I am praying that you 
will make it as easy and enjoyable as possible by 
promptly returning the completed reports to j'our Dis- 
trict Statisticians so they can have them to me no later 
than the last of June. 

Mrs. Cecil Bolton, 
National Statistician 

Page Twenty-six 

The Brethren Evangei 


A SENSE OF CRISIS and urgency keynotes the 
feeling of Christians facing a new decade. Many 
issues confront the church with their multiplicity and 

. . . Problems of ecology and pollution 
. . . The alarming increase in the use of hallucino- 
genic drugs 
. . . Unprecedented filth in the film industry, in the 

TV medium, and the printed page 
. . . The secularization of all that is sacred, as evi- 
denced in the increase in Sunday business 
. . . The destruction of the sacred, as seen in an 

attitude of total permissiveness in sex today 
... A wide spirit of situation ethics in all avenues 

of belief, life and practice 
. . . Efforts to sabotage the judiciary system 
. . . The loss of a sense of authority and the mean- 
ing of freedom with obligation in the educa- 
tional campuses of our country 
. . . The increasing polarization of nations, races and 
peoples with the resultant sin of racism and 
Christians in faith believe that Jesus Christ is the 
Lord of history. Nevertheless, all too many are tempted 
to ask. "Can the seventies be saved if the Lord Jesus 
Christ delays His coming during this decade? Does the 
church have a redemptive word and act for this hour?" 
We remind ourselves and others that our pledge to 
be involved in saving acts in the seventies can never 
mean any concept of universal salvation for all. We 
declare anew that apart from the shed blood of Jesus 
Christ on tlie cross and His resurrection power there 
is no deliverance from the penalty of sin. We also stand 
on the threshold of the seventies questioning whether 
we shadi ever see the end of this decade. Or again we see 
before us the possibility of an extension of that perse- 
cution of those true to the faith once for all delivered 
so evident in other lands. 

The church needs to be a redemptive force in the 
decade of the seventies. The prayer of many has be- 
come the heartcry of the evangelical constituency: 
"Lord, help us to take You out beyond the walls of this 

This first National Association of Evangelicals 
annual convention of the seventies and twenty-eight in 
the series of conventions since the founding of NAE 
declares that we believe we do have something we 
can say, do and be with respect to the issues confront- 
ing us. We answer the challenge of the Seventies as 
believers in the authority of the Word of God written 

and in the continuing command of the Word of ( 
manifest in the flesh, even Jesus Christ, our Lord, 

Jesus Christ as recorded in the Bible said, "Occ 
till I come." He also commanded, "Go and teach 
nations." Moved by the Holy Spirit, His servant. 
Apostle Paul enjoined, "Be filled with the Spirit." 
thus realize we operate under the mandate to ad 
society in the context of scriptural principles, to sp 
to the world and ourselves in truth in love, and to s 
the life of the Spirit of God which will renew us in 
inner man to live Christlike lives in a decadent soo 
and to challenge the basic presumptions of a lost wi 
around us. 

The National Association of Evangelicals calls on 
its constituent members to declare their individual 
corporate positions on the broad issues of the day 
so doing we know there are areas where the NAE 
shall speak as and when it is the mind of its mem 
ship so to do. 

The NAE will continue to present the cause of e^ 
gelical Christendom in the areas of witness to gov 
ment and corporate structures in society. We conti 
to call on our own membership to review our spirt 
insights and actions, praying God that He will cle£:i 
us from all sinful prejudice and misunderstanding i 
His will for man. 

However, a sense of urgency and crisis alone . 
never get us out to do the job, to speak the word i 
is necessary. We realize anew the need for a fresh 
pouring of the Spirit of God on the church. We rej : 
in the evidences of revival and renewal in div i 
peoples and groups. The movement of the Spirit of ' 
in these past weeks in youth groups, on campuse; 
churches, in the healing of divisions and genera 
gaps, is evidence that in this first year of the Seven : 
decade the promise of the Word of God, "I will c 
new work in your midst." is still valid and sure, i 
saving acts must therefore always be in the conte,\ i 
the prophetic word, "Not by might, nor by power, JJ 
by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts." 

We also sense in a fresh way an urgency to v ' 
cooperatively in evangelism, not only in our indivi' ; 
church or denominational ways as in the past. We i 
call on the membership of the NAE to seek active v ' 
of collective witness to the world at large of "new f 
for all." 

Our watchword in saving acts in the Seventies 
ever be — Behold, He conieth! And to that end, in w ^ 
deed and being, we shall occupy till He comes. Ai r 
"Even so, come quickly. Lord Jesus." 

y 9, 1970 

Page Twenty-seven 

fhey returned to Jerusalem with great joy . . ." 


TOT SINCE CHRIST gathered His disciples togethier 
i| there and forecast the apocalyptic events of the 
I of the age has Jerusalem seen a conference on 
ilical prophecy. 

iut such will be convened there June 1-4, 1971, accord- 
to Gaylord Briley of Red Hill, Pennsylvania, prime 
ver in staging the Jerusalem Conference on Biblical 

^he consultant on direct marketing and fund raising 
non-profit agencies is coordinator of what some 
ieve will be the most significant conference on 
hatology to be convened in modern history, 
'he four-day conference is being arranged at the 
itation of the American Institute for Holy Land 
idles through its president. Dr. G. Douglas Young, 
Tently teaching at Trinity Evangelical Seminary, 
■rfield, Illinois. 

'he conference for clergy and laymen alike will 
emble leading theologians and pastors to deliver a 
ies of papers on various phases of Bible prophecy 
the setting where many of them were originally 
en and about which they speak. An impressive arraj- 
theologically conservative scholars will participate, 
ley told EP News Service. Their names will be an- 
mced soon, 
hree major and one minor travel tours will bring 

conferees to Jerusalem by a variety of routes, Briley 
said. The major tours are appropriately named for 
major prophets of the Old Testament. The 22-day 
Ezekiel Tour takes its passengers by air to such places 
as Leningrad, Moscow. Rome, Athens, and parts of the 
Holy Land; the Daniel Tour of equal length makes 
stops in cities of Europe; the 15- day Isaiah Tour will 
touch Rome, Corinth, Athens, and parts of the Holy 
Land. All flights lead eventually to the conference in 
Jerusalem where Briley has reserved virtually every 
air-conditioned hotel room for guests of the conference. 
The one minor tour is the Zechariah Tour to accom- 
modate budget-minded students and others, touching 
Rome and another major city of Europe in addition to 
the Holy Land e.xcursion. 

Dr. Young eagerly endorsed the efforts of the young 
marketing consultant and stated that the conference 
might well be the last opportunity for conservative 
scholars to witness to the entire world of the cataclys- 
mic events of the age forecast by the sacred Scriptures. 

The Jerusalem conference wiU feature a lecture by a 
prominent rabbi on the Jewish view of prophecy and 
matters pertaining to the end of the age. Israeli govern- 
ment officials are cooperating fuUy in this first-ever 
event. The lectures wiU subsequently be published in 
books for global distribution. 

ble bails out computer 


OD'S WORD need not be called on the carpet by 
I science, but when it was, recently, apparently the 
iptures helped set an aerospace computer straight. 

ti Green Belt, Maryland, space scientists were check- 
the position of the sun, moon and planets to dis- 
er where they would be a century or a millenium 
fn now, according to President Harold Hill of the 
'tis Engine Company in Baltimore. 

We have to know this so we don't send a .satellite 

and have it bump into something later on in its 
it," he is quoted in Truth and News, published by 

Huffman Church in Birmingham. 

he computer measurement, properly programmed, 

fined the century back and forth until suddenly a 

signal brought it to a halt. Maintenance crews were 
ed, but the computer was given a perfect bill of 
1th. What could be wrong? 

We have found there is a day missing in the elapsed 
9," the scientist admitted. They tore their hair in 
T frustration, the report goes, until one remembered 

ible story in Joshua. His associates found the story 

of the sun standing still "pretty ridiculous" and asked 
him to prove it. He did, by reading the tenth chapter of 
the Book of Joshua. "The sun stood still and the moon 
ceased . . . and hasted not to go down about a whole 

The computer went to work again, found the missing 
moments to be 23 hours and 20 minutes — not enough 
for an entire day. Forty minutes were still missing. 

Another reading of Joshua 10:13 provided the answer: 
"...about (approximately) the space of a whole day." 
But what of the 40 minutes? 

Again the Bible provided the clue in II Kings 20. 
Hezekiah, on his death bed, was visited by the Prophet 
Isaiah who predicted his recovery. Hezekiah did not 
believe him and asked for a sign as proof: "It is nothing 
for the sun to go ahead 10 degrees, but let the shadow 
return backward 10 degrees." Isaiah spoke to the Lord 
and He brought the shadow 10 degrees backward. Ten 
degrees is exactly 40 minutes! 

Declared the editor of Evening: World, a newspaper 
at Spencer, Indiana: "Our God is rubbing their noses 
in His truth." 

Page Twenty-eight 

The Brethren Evangij 

World Religious News 

in Review 


Toronto (EP) — The falsetto- 
voiced singing star might have been 
standing in a Protestant pulpit 
preaching the gospel and singing 
a hymn instead of appearing at 
tlie Beverly Hills Motor Hotel here 
singing his theme song, "Tip-toe 
Through the Tulips." 

The celebrated singer told Doug- 
las Hall of the Toronto Star that he 
came within a hair's breatli of pre- 
paring for the ministry, at the ad- 
vice of Evangelist Jack Wyrtzen. 

"I first met Mr. Wyrtzen in 1953," 
Tiny Tim said. "Two friends, George 
and Fred Schlotter, took me to hear 
liim preach at his Broadwaj' Taber- 
nacle in New York. It was t)ien that 
I gave my life to Christ and became 
a Christian." 

Tiny Tim said his Catholic father 
and Jewisli mother impressed upon 
liim the importance of devotion to 
God. Todaj' he carries a Bible with 
him always and reads it often. 

Wyrtzen said he has talked for 
hours on the phone to Tim about 
the things of Christ and honestly 
believes that he is a bom-again 
Christian. "I'd like to see more evi- 
dence, however," the evangelist said. 

Wyrtzen had offered to marry 
Tim and Miss Vicki on the Johnny 
Carson show last December but had 
laid down five conditions: the singer 
would have to be baptized, join an 
evangelical church, cut his hair, get 
out of show business and enroll in 
Bible school. 

"I agreed to all these conditions," 
said Tiny Tim. "I was ready to get 
out of show business and do every- 
thing Mr. Wyrtzen wanted except 
cut my hair at that time. I asked 
him to give me until the end of Jan- 
uary or early February and then 
I'd do it. There were a number of 
reasons why I couldn't cut it before 
the wedding." 

He explained that Carson and 
NBC had invested a lot of time and 
money in promoting the wedding 
and he had firm contracts for club 
and TV appearances that took him 
through January. 

"All I asked Mr. Wyrtzen for was 
a little time, just a few weeks, in 
fact," Tiny Tim said. "He wouldn't 
budge. I had to go all the way or 
nothing, as far as he was concerned. 
I'd made up my mind to do it, right 
up until two hours before the wed- 
ding, but I couldn't. It wouldn't 
Iiave been fair or honest, especially 
to Mr. Carson. He never knew what 
I was thinking." 

Wyrtzen cited II Corinthians 11:- 
14 to support his conviction. It 
reads "Doth not even nature itself 
teach you tliat if a man liave long 
hair it is a shame unto him?" 


New York (EP) — A graduate of 

West Point military academy is 
seeking a discharge from the Army 
as a conscientious objector, stating 
that he "would not serve in Vietnam 
in uniform in any capacity." 

"I love my God and my country," 
said 1st Lt. Louis P. Font, 23, of 
Kansas City, Kansas, in the office of 
a representative of the American 
Civil Liberties Union, "but I love 
my God first." 

He said the United States was "en- 
gaged immorally in violence." 

The young soldier said he would 
follow the laws of the land as long 
as he was able, "then I'll have to 
follow the laws of conscience." 



San Francisco (EP) — A rev 
is growing out of liippie and c 
cultures of this city. 

Disenchanted dropouts of 
1960's from among the "turned 
generation" are boldly proclalni 
the message of Jesus Christ. T 
19-word theological statement 
faith reads: "God is angry with 
wicked" (Psalm 7:11), "Study 
show thyself approved unto 
(II Tim. 2:15), and "Working J 
Jesus is like wow!" 

Many of the modern-day disci 
are bearded and beaded, but t 
message is one proclaimed t 
evangelical pulpits the nation ov 

"Turn on with Jesus," one of tl 
told Larry Hatfield of the San Fi 
Cisco Examiner and Chronicle, 
a good trip." 

Anotlaer, labeling himself a "Ji 
Freak," said at a recent prayer ir 
ing near the Berkeley campus of 
University of California, "Rep 
but not on your knees. That woul 
put Jesus on a good trip." 

Jack Sparks, 40-year-old leade 
the Christian World Liberat 
Front in Berkeley, obsei-ved, "Sc^ 
how or another God is suddenly 
ing something among the youtl 
our country." 

The former Penn State profe 
and once a staff member of Cam 
Crusade for Christ, insists that 
youth of this age haven't reje 
the church as an institution 
more than other generations." 

He sees a "major change in' 
atmosphere in respect to recepi 
ness to Christ in the Berto 

"We think Christians have 1 
sitting on their rear ends too Ic 
says 30-year-old Pat Matrisci- 
editor of the newspaper Right i 
and formerly a Seattle high scl 
teacher. "We feel our missioi i 
Christians is not just to conll 
people and leave them, but to | 
vide for them the functions i 
real family — food, clothing, hou 
and jobs." 

Sparks plays host to many oi 
young believers. Meetings in 
quarters near UC draw as man 
200 people. A hat is passed and t 
who can give do so, and people 
need take out of the hat. It usi 
ends up empty. 

y 9, 1970 

Page Twenty-nine 






iailed by reviewers as "the most important work of 
career," Ethel Barrett's Holy War brings this best- 
ing autlioress' magic touch to a new retelling of the 
oric Christian allegory by John Bunyan. In Mrs. 
rett's hands, the ITtli century epic becomes vivid and 
ly readable for today's Christian. As a swift paced 
of blood and thunder, lyings and intrigue, spies and 
nterspies, it tal^es on new life and meaning. The book 
ublished in both cloth bound and paperback versions 
Regal Books Di\ision of G, L Publications, Glendale, 

he new book, a powerful .story about tlie struggle 
;ood and evil for the soul of man, has been complete- 
efashioned into a witty, fast moving story in today's 
m. At the same time, Bunyan's underlying spiritual 
ne of God's concern for the ultimate good of men's 
Is is given new point and clarity. Readers will reco- 
the war within themselves between good and evil, 
tie story emerges as a highlj- readable and intensely 
;onal account of conflicts in the Christian life. In 

Mrs. Barrett's own words, the reader will be "filled 
with — at how little you love God, and how much He 
loves you." 

Said one reviewer, "For the first time this makes 
sense. I .struggled with the book in high school, but it 
took Ethel Barrett to make it the fascinating story it 
really is. For the first time I can see the suspense and 
drama. Now I know why it's a classic." 

Mrs. Barrett has been bringing this magic storyteller's 
touch to many fields, in a career as a nationally known 
conference speaker and recording artist as well as 
writer. She is the author ot more than ten books for 
Regal, including the best selling "The Strangest Tiling 
Happened" and the teen-age reader favorite, "Sometimes 
I Feel Like A Blob." Recently she completed a series 
of "Regal Venture" books of Bible studies, especially 
written for pre-teen readers. 

"Kthel Barrett's Holy War" is available in hard cover, 
$5.95; and paperback. $1.95, at Christian bookstores. 
— A Gospel Light news release 


Dr. Roy B. Zuck, Dr. Gene A. Getz 
Chicago: Moody Press 

Reviewed by: Fred Finks 

iristian education workers attention! Have you sent 
/our copy of Christian Youth: An In-Depth Study? 

)t, why don't you inquire today. This book has many 
■jtical answers to the problems of youth. Written by 
15 ^oy B. Zuck (Executive Director of Scripture Press 
Nidation) and Dr. Gene A. Getz (Associate Professor 
ihristian Education at Dallas Theological Seminary) 
IjStian Youth examines a national profile of profess- 
l-hristian youth. 

I 'luded are in-depth tables and graphs which repre- 
the findings of the authors. For instance, did you 
1' that "Parents are the most influential persons in 

the conversion of youth"? -Even in this "generation 
gap" parents are'-the ones leading their children to 
Christ. Also the church service is the greatest factor 
contributing to the teens' spiritual life and growth. 
Youth groups and Christian camps rank next. 

Here are a few things to look for: self-acceptance, 
family living, church life, ethics and morality, values 
and goals and many more interesting topics. 

What adds to the value of this book is the summary 
included after each chapter. 

Christian Youth: An In-Depth Study is a necessity 
for your church library. 

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September is always a month with mixed emotions 
for our Junior group. We promote many of our depend- 
able members into the Junior Hi group and we are left 
with a mere handful. This makes us sad. The joyous 
part is to accept the challenge of getting new recruits 
into our group. 

Our officers this year are: 

President Brian Rohde 

Vice President Ronald Sparks 

Treasurer Jeffery Basham 

Secretary Kim Marlowe 

Once a month we go on a Mystery Ride. Our sponsors 
arrange the ride for us. We end up in a home where we 
have devotions and refreshments. 

At our regular meetings we take turns having devo- 
tions. After devotions, there is a game if we have time 
and then we have refreshments. 

This year we have taken in six new members so far. 
All of them are faithful and very interested. 

We gave $20 to the Thirty Pieces of Silver offering 
for our building fund. 

Our former sponsors were unable to continue because 
they were burdened with so many responsibilities. God 
provided us with another fine couple, Mr. and Mrs. 
Wayne Amber. 

We plan to have a project to make and sell popcorn 
balls. This is for our National Project. 

We also have banks to raise money for a new church 

— Brian Rohde, president 


During the months of December through March, 
Smithville Senior Youth participated in a varietjl 

Prior to Christmas, the youth group sang Christ 
carols through the halls of the Wayne County He 
visited shut-ins and various other people of the chu 
Following this cold, traditional manner of bringing. 
Christmas spirit to people during the holidays, we 
at the home of Bob Sniff where games and records v 
played and refreshments were served. 

On Christmas Eve, the Senior Youth, along with 
Junior Youth, participated in the candlelight servici 
forming a candle-lit cross in the chancel area of 
sanctuary. Narration was read from the balcony, 
Junior Youth presented gifts of love for less fortui 
children, and the old, familiar carol, "Silent Night," 

In the month of February, the Senior Youth spons 
a chili supper to which people came dressed in 1 
"hobo" clothes. 

A panel discussion regarding the "generation 
summed up the midwinter activities. The panel cop 
ed of: Ccirol Matthews and her father, Vernon 
thews; Wendy Berger and her father. Nelson Ber 
Don Dravenstott and his mother, Doris Dravena 
Denny Shamp and his mother, Donna Shamp. It 
presented on Sunday evening and performed in 
style of "The Newlywed Game." Ed Weber was 
M.C., and Mike and Mary Ellen Drushal a.skedi 
questions. The questions concerned many topics, 
of them were: dating, music, dress, hair lengths, 
"lingo" of both generations. This special program pr 
that a generation gap does exist between youthi 
their parents even though it is a slight one. 

— ■ Linda Glasgo, secretary 

Shown on the left is the Senior 
group of Ardmore at one of their 
Fellowships. These are held once a 
after the Sunday evening service. 

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JULY 31 -AUGUST 9. 1970 


AUGUST 9-15. 1970 








By sei-ving as host and sponsor. 
By sei-ving as a host. 

A) Hosts would have a child in their home for a 10-day visit at the end of the month of July 
(July 31 - August 9, 1970) . 

B) Hosts would transport the child to Camp Bethany, August 9. 

C) Hosts would pick up the child at camp on August 15, and return him to his home, which may 
either be in Cleveland or Columbus. 

By sei-ving as a sponsor. 

A) If you can not serve as a host, but would like to make it possible for another couple to host 
a child, you could help by paying the cost of camiJ — $25. 

B) Individuals, Sunday School classes. Laymen's groups, W.M.S. organizations and Youth groups 
may want to serve as sponsors. 

.eveland and Columbus Inner City Children 

1) will come to us through Friendly Town. This is an inner City Protestant Pai'ish ministry 
attempting to provide children with a vacation outside the city. 

2) will be between the ages of 10 and 12. 

3) will have had complete health examinations. 
1) will be covered by accident insurance. 

o) will receive many benefits fi'om the contact with your home. 

6) will be a blessing to each of us, who dai'es to reach out beyond ourselves. 


See your pastor for further information 

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Notes and Comments 2 

"The Migration and the Exodus" 3 

"How The Laymen Should Treat Their Pastor" 

by Rev. L. V. King 4 

Ashland College Closed! 6 

Poetry Page by Norman McPherson 8 

"Root Causes of Youth Alienation" 

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future issue of The Brethren Evangelist. 

An article entitled, "Boot Causes of Y 
Alienation" by Rev. Thomas A. Schultz ca 
found on page nine of this issue. Rev. Schu 
a member of the First Brethren Churcl 
Pleasant Hill, Ohio and was commissioni 
Lieutenant (Chaplain Corps) in the United S, 
Navy on April 1, 1969. 

Excerpts from an address presented by C 
L. Clayton, President of Ashland College 
special meeting of the Faculty on May 16, 
are published on page six of this issue. 

ay 23, 1970 

Page Three 



'HIS EDITORIAL was prompted by the reading 
of an article recently released by the Asso- 
ated Press pertaining- to the increasing rate of 
•iests droi)ping out of the ministry. It is reported 
at in Holland out of 8,000 priests, 30 left the 
inistry in 1965, 60 in 1966, 115 in 1967, and that 
IQ left in the combined vears of 1C68 and 1969. 
Iso, the article pointed out that the number of 
■wly ordained priests is about half of what it 
ias ten years ago. 

Another news soui'ce reveals statistics provided 
f The National Education Association and pre- 
cis that the nation's public school system will 
five a combined enrollment of approximately 62 
jiUion students by 1972. At the present time 
lese schools are ope]'ating with a shortage of 
lout 172,000 teachers, and it is estimated that in 
period of five years 60% of all new teachers drop 
it of the profession. 

This editorial does not intend to become analy- 
•al and try to prove or dispi'ove the validity of 
lese statements, but does intend to ask, why? 
lit has been obvious that conditions comparable 
' those iust revealed have been in existence for 
aite some time in many other ai'eas of prof ession- 
i careers. I am going to fabricate a hyjjothetical 
tuation for the pun^ose of illustrating a point. I 
11 sure that if one were to make a field trip to 
udy Nature during the months of June and July, 
id suddenly hear the loud honking of geese and 
|0k up to see large flocks migrating south, one 
3uld register sun^rise and astonishment. Then, 

one were to also realize that the presence of 

jodchucks would be nonexistent because they 

•cided to set a precedent and hibernate eai'ly, 

■)uld one just shi-ug it off or would one become 

ncerned about it? Concerned enough about 

ese things to wonder, why? 

When men and women in various professions 
start a trend which signifies a unseasonable na- 
ture or unnatural tendency to migrate or make an 
exodus in or from their chosen careers, aie we toj 
complacent to show any signs of concern V 

There are many of us on the senior side of the 
so-called generation gap who may recall when it 
was quite normal and perhaps even expected that 
a young man would follow in the footsteps of his 
father, careerwise, he it actor, teaclier, doctor, 
lawyer, merchant, chief, etc. Something must 
have instilled this desire to choose the saine voca- 
tion. Could it be that they were saying, "If it's 
good enough for Dad, it's good enough for me?" 

Surely something must be discouraging young 
men from pursuing the same means of making a 
livelihood as did their fathers. Perhaps they aie 
saying, "It was good enough for Dad, but it's rot 
good to me." 

Some time ago ou)' Seminary Library benefitted 
greatly by the closing of a Seminary of another 
denomination. Much concern over the purchase of 
books for our Seminary Library was alleviated by 
obtaining many needed textbooks from this source. 
It would be interesting to know how many people 
were concerned about the reason for the closing 
of their Seminai'y. 

On the same note, ai'e there enough, if any, 
people really showing any signs of consternation 
over these facts and statistics to apply the brakes 
to a runaway migration and exodus in the world 
of professional CEU'eers? Or may it be that the 
lines of the classic, "Ours is not to reason why," 
were meant for the ears of those of an era of long- 
ago ? 

If it seems the natural thing for man to do in 
l)ecoming bewildered and peii^lexed at a most un- 
usual pattern of behavior of nature, should not 
man be equally concerned about a condition that 
is presenting a threat to an orderly, balanced 
civilization ? 

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the theme of how ministers 
should treat their laity let us tuni 
to the su)3Ject of "How Laymen 
Should Treat Their Pastor." We 
dealt with the first subject first 
because a pastor has had training 
on ho\/ to be a successful pastor. 
This covers the method of how to get 
along with people. However, very 
few laymen have ever taken a 
course on how to get along with 
preachexs. For this reason the pastor 
must be an example to his flock. 
They should be able to leam from 
him how to treat all men. 

This question of pastor-people 
relationship is a twofold thing. 
Sometimes even good, strong pastors 
have not been able to maintain good 
relationships with their laity as 
a whole; so this article is very timely 
and important. 

Now, some of the things I have 
said about a pastor's relation to his 
congregation also apply to a 
layman's attitude toward his pastor. 
If the pastor is to preach the Word, 
his congregation must be good 
listeners so they can be taught the 
true Word; but more, they must 
also be good doeis of the Word, else a 
preacher's ministry will not succeed. 

Laymen must learn to practice 
what is preached. If the Word cuts 
sharply into their lives, instead of 
opposing the preacher they ought to 
thank him for preaching the tnith 
and then profit thereby. It is the 
ministers duty to preach the Word 
no matter where it hits. Of course he 
must do it with great sympathy and 
love. So the theme, "Love the 
Brethren" also applies to the laymen 
in regard to their minister. The 
pastor is a part of the congregation 
so he too must be loved. 

by REV. L V, KING 

This does not mean the pastor 
and people always agree, but it does 
mean that their love is so deep that 
differences cannot sever their 
relationship one to another. Many 
pastors have found that after 
remaining several years in a field that 
ceitain people begin to oppose him. 
That opposition is shown in several 
ways. Some stay away from church ; 
some oppose him in everything he 
attempts to do; some go along with 
the work waiting the time when a 
change can be made without 
causing friction in the church, but 
there are those who are brave enough 
to tell him he ought to resign. They 
then begin to enlist others on their 
side until a click is formed, and 
unchristian methods are often used 
to force the majority to side in with 
the minority. Often those who treat 
him as an angel when he first comes 
on the field are the first to turn 
against him. 

What should the click, the small 
minority do if they feel a chang-e 
should be made ? First of all the Board 
of Deacons should be considered. 
Then the Official Board ought to be 

ly 23, 1970 

Page Five 

nsulted. Some churches have a 
istoral Relationship Committee, 
so this committee oug-ht to he 
nsulted. If these leaders feel there 
ould not be a change the small 
nority click should not go on 
"ther. If they are patient and tliey 
e right time will take care of the 
itter, but such must always ask 
emselves why they have come to 
is conclusion. Is it simply because 
s pastor has stepped on their toes ? 
len they need to amend their ways 
st, and thank the pastor for 
Iping them see the error of their 

Are there any guides that can lead 
men, as to their attitude toward 
sir pastor and as to whether a 
ange should be made ? Certainly, as 
Lg as a pastor is respected as a 
ristian gentleman both by the 
urch and the community ; as long 
he pays his lionest debts and keeps 
the parsonage; as long as the 
iirch is growing in numbers and in 
;endance, even though it may he 
w; as long as the church meets her 
ancial obligations both locally 
i denominationally; as long as 
i congregation is gi'owing in 
ritual depths and winning men 
Christ, there should be no change. 
r all these things may not be 
e with the next pastor, and any 
5 yeai' should not be the judge as 
advancements. In smaller 
igregations sometimes in one year 
■ee or four strong families may 
've out of the community, thus 
Bering attendance and even 
ances. The pastor needs to have 
,ie to win the confidence of the new 
nilies that may move into the 

The small minority dare not disrupt 
i workings of the majority. So 
Igregations ought to work and look 
"wai'd to a long ministry. No pastor 
1 know the full needs of his 
.igregation in a few yeai's. Some 
k, "a new broom sweeps clean," 
t they forget that the "old broom 
3ws where the dirt is." If this is 

the reason why the click wants a 
change they better mend their ways. 

The attitudes some lajTnen have 
shown to their pastors have been a 
shame to their own Christian life and 
a shame to the church. No wonder 
young men of our congregations do 
not feel the call to the gospel 
ministry. So they say, "If that is the 
way pastors are treated, I don't want 
any of it in my life." When once the 
church shows the community that 
they love and respect their pastor, it 
will go a long way in turning young- 
men to the gospel ministiy, and it 
will go a long way in winning the 
people of the community to the 
church. When people of the 
community say of the church. "Oh, 
they are quarreling all the time in 
that church," tliey will not win tlie 
community no matter how good a 
preacher they have. 

Remember, the pastor must feed 
the flock, and if he is feeding them 
with the gospel bread, support and 
encourage him. Let him know his 
people love him for it. Remember too, 
a people must eat the gospel bi-ead 
he serves and the best way they can 
show their love is to eat and digest 
the food he senses. 

It is tiiie that the pastor must 
show proper regard for the whole 
flock. He must minister to each with 
love and Christian passion. 

The pastor too needs the support 
and prayers of his entire 
congregation. He may make 
mistakes; all pastors do, but so do all 
laymen. We all need to be patient, 
long suffering and kind. If we 
practice the golden rule in such 
instances it will help the individual, 
the pastor and the congregation. 
So give your pastor the saine 
consideration you would want given 
to you if you were the pastor. This 
would go a long way in creating unity 
and love in a congregation, and it 
would be the making of young 
pastors. Then when they come to the 
end of their pastorate they could 
say, "I would do it again." 

I'age Six 

The Brethren Evangel 


{Ed. note) The following excerpts from an address by 
Pres. Clayton at a Special Faculty Meeting held May 
16, 1970 will serve well to explain the heading of this 

"I have called this special meeting this morning in 
order to make a report to you and to discuss plans for 
the immediate future. I wish to begin bj' thanking you 
individually and as a group for your splendid cooper- 
ation and support throughout this trying time. Your 
encouragement and offers of assistance will be long 
remembered and are deeply appreciated. 

"Let me briefly review the major events of the last 
two weeks. Following the scndmg of American troops 
into Cambodia and the Kent State incident a group of 
students and faculty indicated their interest in expres- 
sing their concern. Since they gave assurances that 
their intentions were entirely peaceful, their right to 
express their views and to discuss the issues as they 
saw them were respected and some of their discussions 
and the closing candle-light processional were joined 
by certain others. However, during these events it was 
evident that persons other than Ashland students were 
on campus and participating to some extent in the 

"Concern for the safety of the campus community 
began to mount when it was learned that plans included 
attempts to interfcr with the scheduled May 10 
appearance on campus of comedian Bob Hope and 
Governor James A. Rhodes. 

"As it became apparent that such plans would 
attract the support of large numbers of students and 
others from other areas, the Ashland leaders decided to 
reverse the decision and to lend their assistance in head- 
ing off what could have been a serious threat to 
personal safety and to the entire community. Their 

efforts, added to those of a large number of otl;i 
Ashland students and faculty appeared to be successv 
and it was decided to proceed with the week-d; 
program as scheduled. 

"Off campus persons were still in evidence, but tl" i 
numbers were reduced after Governor Rhodes i 
nounced his decision not to come to Ashland, and ) 
critical stage seemed to have passed. 

"Then, suddenly, last Saturday evening, two even 
occured almost simultaneously. The first was a notii 
able and steady increase of cars and persons who Iji 
no apparent reason to be on campus. The second v^i 
the discovery of a fire-bomb in the Student Union. , 

"A bombing attempt on Allen HeiII earlier in the wi|l 
had added to the tention and now this one, designajj 
specifically for the scheduled May 10 program, coup 
with the obvious intrusion onto the campus of numbi 
of unknown persons, made the situation both vola 
and dangerous to the safety of everyone on campus 

"The cooperation and invaluable assistance of A 
land Mayor Whitmore and of Chief of Police Gilt 
and his force of city police with our own cam) t 
security psople under the expert direction of Mr. St 
Carmoney was far beyond the call of duty at all tin' I 
We owe a great debt of gratitude to them for tl t 
tireless efforts throughout the period of tension." 

Ashland College reopened Monday, May 18. 
Clayton stated, "Whether we can return to a fa;i 
normal operation or not remains to be seen. There-i 
of course, a possibility of renewed activity by c 
campus persons." 

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Page Seven 

[NCE IT SEEMS to be the in thing to bo throwing 
brickbats at the students of our colleges and. by 
tain elements of student bodies in some of these 
citutions of higher education, I believe it is about 
e a bouquet is thrown. I am. going to throw one 
it down the middle over the plate for a strike. 

'he Brethren Publishing Co. building serves as a 
y good vantage point for observation of the traffic 
tern of the student body of Ashland College. This 
erver at no time has seen anything out of the 
iinarj' in the past few weeks he has been employed 
a member of the Publishing Co. I believe the 
dents of Ashland College should be highly com- 
ided for their conduct as they make their way 
OSS the campus to and from their various classes, 
the Chapel and other points of learning on the 

'he only demonstrations I have observed are those 
ladies and gentlemen crossing the grounds, not 
rying rocks and chunks of concrete, but the required 
Is for obtaining what they are here for; textbooks 
obtaining a liigher degree of education. To support 
se views of seeing these young pcop'e going about 
an orderly fashion is a letter written to the editor 
the Canton Repository daily newspaper and being 
rinted herewith. (Editor's Note.) 


Many students are protesting U.S. interference in 
nbodia. We are protesting outside student infer- 
ence at Ashland College. Why should outsiders have